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Cristine Kossow

A Parsons trained designer, Cristine had a long career in graphic design, but felt it was time to return to her first love - painting - and quickly found pastels. She is a Signature Member and Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and serves on the Board of Governors. In 2018 she achieved Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has exhibited at The Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club in New York City; The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and many other venues in the Northeast.

Cristine's life unfolded alongside the Hudson River except for a six-year hippie hiatus on a farm in Maine. She now lives in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

She enjoys painting everyday objects, finding what is personal in the common items we all encounter --vintage tools; teacups; our animal friends; piles of produce; piles of anything really, because she loves the rhythm of repetition.

Cristine has her prejudices. She likes to punctuate her work with a sneaky dash of periwinkle; it's her color. And she had a bitter feud with red for decades. But one summer, at the urging of a bumper crop of tomatoes, Cristine called an emotional truce and began a cascade of red musings that, in hindsight, mystify her.