About Fresh & Alive Fine Art
My name is Christina Plichta. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and currently live in Minneapolis, MN. I received foundational art training at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. In high school I won a Gold Palette Award in the Milwaukee Journal Calendar Competition, a $1000 Francis Hooke Scholarship, and several Scholastic Gold Key Awards.
I studied dance in college, and after severe health challenges I came back to painting as a way to recover my spirit. I always painted outdoors, in gardens.
In 2011 I began to sell my work at art fairs. From 2013 to 2015, I completed 2 years of Illustration training at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, for which I was awarded a $12,000 Annual Renewable Presidential Scholarship. While at MIAD I learned how to make digital layouts for my scarf designs. I have exhibited work at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, WI, George Watts & Son Tea Room in Milwaukee, WI, The Cedarburg Art Museum in Cedarburg, WI, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN, and the Healing Arts program in Hudson, WI.
I paint plein air landscapes and flowers in local parks and gardens. I use all media, but primarily paint with oil or oil over casein. I use an unlimited color palette, and have incorporated iridescent and florescent paints into my palette.
My style has been influenced by impressionist and post-impressionist artists. I create museum-quality paintings that everyday people can afford.
My creation process connects me with nature, and I hope that my work connects my viewers and collectors with nature as well as with the rare and unique experience of viewing and owning something made entirely by hand.