ABOUT CHRISTINE MIX
Christine Mix drew and painted, played with clay, wrote poems and stories, as a child.
She studied art at Coker College, in Hartsville, S.C. for one year and then headed to Florida, where she received an Art Scholarship for painting, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. While at college, she also studied sculpture, photography, cinematography and theatre arts. It was just after Christine graduated from the University of South Florida in 1988, with a B.A. in Fine Arts and another B.A. in Mass Communications, that she painted her first children’s illustration in watercolor, titled Spike & Wordo’s Magical Wish. Hence, Spike the Dragon was born and Christine realized she had found her niche in art and her future!
Christine’s illustrations have appeared in several Vermont newspapers, such as on the Cover of Section B in Seven Days, (Burlington, VT.,) Front Page Gallery, Dec. 15-22, 2004. Her b/w spot illustrations have appeared in SCBWI’s Bulletin in 2005, 2009, 2010, and she has one color spot illustration, published in Stories for Children Magazine, Back- to- School- Issue, 2012, and so far, one children’s book, Write Out of the Oven! by Josephine Waltz, published by Teacher Ideas Press/Greenwood Publishing, 2005. Write Out of the Oven! personally connects children in grades 5-8 with their favorite literary heroes! A collection of letters and recipes from more than 50 well-known and award-winning children’s authors. Write Out of the Oven! Received a nice review from the Parents Choice Foundation Bon Appetite Reading List. In 2009, one of her illustrations, “Twilight Magic, was on the cover of the Journal of the Annual Manchester & the Mountains Poets and Writers Weekend, published by Shire Press, Manchester, Vt..
As a children’s author, Christine has one non-fiction short true story, Standing Up, that has been published, in Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8, May 2007. She is currently working on her first children’s picture book.
Christine is a member of CBIG-NY, and a Juried Teaching Artist with the Verermont Art Council. Visit her website at www.christinemixart.com for more information.
Hi, I’m Christine Mix and I have a habit of drawing and painting, along with making up stories. It’s something I must have inherited from my Great Grandfather, Professor Sharp, who was a magician, ventriloquist and musician in the mid-west, (the wagon and horse days), the late 1800’s to 1950’s. Of course, stories of sea monsters and the boogie man from my older brothers and sisters not only set fire to my imagination, but, also gave me some courage to make it through as an adult.
One day, I was at the Lake Worth Side Walk Painting Festival, in Florida, 1997, when an older woman pushing her grandson in a wheel chair, stopped in front of where I was painting one of my characters, and the boy asked, “Is that a dragon?” I answered, “Yes, his name is Spike.” Then the boy smiled, and starred at the painting for awhile. His grandmother said, “Thank you for making him smile. He hasn’t smiled in a very long time.” That’s when I knew, that by painting for children, I was on the right path. The kind of path that reminds us that as long as we follow our joy, our work will also fill others hearts with joy. I believe that visual art is a language, with or without stories, that can be understood by everyone. I believe that art expresses, speaks out when it needs too, and heals us when our cup is empty. This is why I love sharing and creating the art of stories.