Christy Sverre


Born on the Canadian west coast I feel most at home when I am near the ocean. Having found my art passion early in life I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduating in 1981.  It wasn’t until 2010, after years of living abroad and raising our two kids, that I returned to painting full time and I haven’t looked back since.
My studio looks out to sea where my husband and I sail our boat, Take Five. This is where I get my inspiration. The distant horizon drives the subject matter of my work. In depicting my surroundings I experience a desire to get closer to it, to capture what I see on canvas in a deeper way than what reality presents. 
My style is abstract expressionist and I use mark making and texture to draw attention to the surface of my canvas. Intuitively driven I paint with bold abandon to reveal the intense feelings I get when looking out to sea. 

Travelling has also played a huge part in shaping my perceptions. I have lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Texas, Newfoundland, Alberta; all have their own unique influence on my art. 

Oil and cold wax or acrylic on canvas are my preferred mediums. My tools vary with scrapers, squeegees, feathers and chopsticks as I love to experiment.

Discover my work here.