Christine Brailsford has a wild imagination which she puts to work on illustrations for children’s books, wood carvings, ink prints, and handplanes.
When she’s not in the water or working on one of many projects, Christine is dreaming up her next move. Here she gets personal and shares her outside inspiration, which includes an English ancestor, a dog named Ted and a 19th century symbolist painter.
A few of Christine’s inspiration’s:
ARTISTS GLADYS BRAILSFORD & HENRY GOGLE
My Great Auntie Gladys (1908-2004) has been an huge inspiration to me and my art. When I was little, we would visit her in her home Chemlsford, England. Her block prints and embroidery captured me. The picture below is a print by Henry Gogle, Gladys’ collage art teacher in 1929. I love the bold contrast and powerful imagery of the four women praying for their men going off to sea.
NATURE AND NATURAL FORMS
Nature is a big source of inspiration. Time and patterns can be seen through water currents, sand movement, rock formations, and wave-energy. It has a rhythm. Its mighty power, constant change and renewal reminds me of how temporary and fragile life is.
I have always been inspired by symbols. They have this strong, visual power that connects to our primal core as humans. Certain shapes, lines, and colors link us to our ancestors across continents, cultures, language, and race.
RICK GRIFFIN: ARTIST
Rick Griffin’s inks and characters captured me from a very young age. His posters and humorous line-drawings are visually amazing.
GUSTAVE KLIMT: ARTIST
Klimt is genius. His system of symbols, color, and shapes are rich with symbolic meaning. Studying his work had a great part in leading me to find my own form of visual symbols and communication.
Cover Image by SURFER / Grant Ellis