Georgia-based artist Christie Gregory uses layers of paint on canvas and paper to express her love of color and texture, nature and animals, and the subtle way unexpected color combinations, shapes, and lines move us. The physical and intuitive process of painting inspires her, and she’s best known for her contemporary florals and playful paintings of birds. Christie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art from Vanderbilt Peabody College. After graduating, an interest in advertising brought her to Atlanta where she had a successful career as an art director and designer, and in 2017 she opened her studio and began to focus on painting full-time. Her academic training leaned mostly toward classical and representational, but now she’s more excited by the accidental forms and textures that emerge when a painting is started with no specific direction in mind, other than an idea of colors and gestures, a particular emotion, or even an inspiring piece of music. Christie currently lives in Gainesville, Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She is passionate about the importance of art in all our lives, and is involved in Gainesville’s Vision 2030 Public Arts initiative.