Hello, and thank you for visiting my web site. My name is Christine J. Laird and I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York State with my family.
I guess you can say I have "unofficially" been an artist since attending high school in upstate New York. The handful of art classes I took there inspired me to study Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in western New York. During my four years at college my summers were spent as a screen printer. After I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my husband's plans for graduate school led us to central Illinois.
Once we were settled, my "career" as a t-shirt designer began. Within a couple of years I was working full time at B&A Screen Printing in Monticello, Illinois. During my tenure there I expanded my knowledge of screen printing, increased my experience with computers and learned the importance of open communication between myself, customers, and coworkers. I also developed a great number of friendships that I will cherish for years to come.
In 1994, with the intention of ultimately creating a t-shirt, I started a full color pencil drawing of one of our dogs. Once it was done, my plans for the drawing changed. I immediately started a second drawing of our other dog and then had both portraits framed. Those led to various drawings of friends, family and their pets. Then I started doing portraits on commission. Currently, I work almost entirely on White, Black and Ivory photo mount board. The pencils I use are: Prismacolor®, Prismacolor Verithin® and Derwent Studio®.
Thank you again for taking the time to look through my web site. If you have any questions about anything you have seen here feel free to contact me at: cjhLaird@hotmail.com.
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