ELLSWORTH — British painter Christina Thwaites, who has worked as an artist in such far-flung places as a remote village in southeastern Indonesia and a Palestinian refugee camp, is the focus of a show running from June 15 through July 11 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.
Moving to Maine, where she now lives with her husband and two children in Orono, Thwaites has been captivated by the coastal landscape.
“The shapes and colors have made a real impression on me,” reflected the painter, who was born in England. “Working on this subject matter in my studio gives me the same feelings of peaceful relief that I experience when I arrive at the seashore in Maine.”
A 2004 graduate of Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, Thwaites holds a master’s degree in French literature and the history of art. She attended the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, where she worked as an assistant to French watercolorist Patrick Fouilhoux.
In Italy, Thwaites developed her painting skills at the La Porta Blu Art School in Rome. In 2010, she worked at Kanal 10 Guest Studio in Amsterdam. In 2011, she was invited to Palestine to run art workshops, and to exhibit with the Al-Mahatta Gallery during a residency at the Al Fara refugee camp. She also helped establish an international artist-in-residence program located in the medieval hilltop village of Toffia in Italy.
In 2013, Thwaites moved to Canberra, Australia. She was offered studio space at Australian National Capital Artists. While in Australia, she had solo shows in three different states. She also continued to exhibit her work in Europe with two solo shows in London and Rome, as well as a two-person show with British pop artist Peter Blake.