Christine Columbo


 & paintings in oil

“It takes more than a talent for capturing something from nature to create an authentic, profound piece. Great masters of portraiture were not just capable of making a lifelike image – they managed to reflect its spiritual and psychological essence...


The realistic rendering of Christine Columbo’s images is combined with the soft, yet vibrating palette and blurring of contours that are fused with abstract background. Their sketchiness resembles the manner of Pierre Auguste Renoir... However, if Renoir’s compositions are filled with the immersive feeling of ‘joie de vivre’ (French for ‘joy of living’), Christine suggests more reserved emotional tonality.  


Christine Columbo is interested in telling about the stunning amalgam of resilience and vulnerability discovered in her characters... delivered via the expression of the character’s eyes. Her attitude is like a lens, which magnifies the uniqueness of her subjects, showing the capability of a portrait to manifest and celebrate human dignity.”

Oleksandra Osadchem, ArtAscent Magazine

(Christine was the Gold Award recipient 

for ArtAscent’s 2020 Portrait Competition)

Christine Columbo is a watercolor and oil painting artist, with work shown in multiple shows and online exhibits. An OPA (Oil Painters of America) and PSA (Portrait Society of America) member, she has received over 30 awards for her oil and watercolor paintings from 2018 to 2020. 


Although classically trained, with undergraduate and graduate studies in art, Christine did not pursue a career in art post-college, but instead followed a heart calling to live as a monastic from 1997 to 2016. In 2017 she began painting again and immediately received recognition through awards, publications, and bookings for commissions.


Reflecting on her life, Christine has said, “For much of my life although it appeared I had achieved success, I didn’t feel my life had purpose. This led to my monastic journey, meditation, service and eventually a journey into the depths of my own heart. At the end of my 19 years as a monastic it was as if nothing had happened and everything had happened. I appeared the same but the lens through which I viewed the world was completely different. My heart was open and filled with an awe of the beauty of the world. My paintings are how I try to capture and share this experience.”