Christina Bothwell studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts until 1983, after which she moved to Manhattan. After ten years of living in the city, she and her husband moved to rural Pennsylvania. Christina's ideas and inspiration for her pieces come to her from her dreams, nature, literature, and interesting things her children say and do. When her children were first born, she was so overcome with emotion for them and from the experience of giving birth and carrying children (being pregnant is the only time a person has more than one heart in her body), that it felt as if she had entered into an altered state of consciousness, a state that persisted for several years. Many dreams and ideas emerged from this period in her life, which she is still processing creatively today. Being a mother convinced her that she was and is part of a huge chain of life, connected to all the mothers that ever had children, through and beyond time. In her work she explores the challenge of trying to portray the soul, and greater awareness, and the connectedness we have to all of life.
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