"It is vital for a landscape painter to study outdoors in order to fully understand how to interpret nature. I am very grateful that I was taught this at an early age. The ability to experience light, value, color, and atmospheric changes within nature firsthand has been crucial in my development as a landscape painter. The unpredictability of light phenomenon during each outing is the most exciting part of each painting I produce. These phenomena and other changes in nature force me to make important decisions about the mood and composition of every one of my works. It is the consistent study of natural elements and ever-changing atmospheric conditions that keep me returning to the outdoors and ultimately applying it to canvas."
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Crista began painting in oils in 1989 under the instruction of John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2000, receiving a Bachelors Degree of fine arts painting, and in 2003, received a Masters Degree of Fine arts Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.