Growing up in the Southwest, Rejina Christopher was continually influenced by Santa Fe artists and her artistic style developed through years of creative expression in many forms. Anything found to be in her hands had the possibility and privilege of being transformed.
After raising numerous horses and 3 children in New Mexico, she and her husband moved to Northern California in 2011. She now has the time to dedicate herself fully to her art and has continued to explore, photography, graphics, digital art, drawing, encaustic, assemblage, mixed media, glass, pottery and videography.
Stepping outside of the box and using unconventional materials is a happy challenge to this artist who abhors waste and embraces upcycling of almost any material. Fearlessness in experimentation and freedom from the fear of failure also gives this artist a unique perspective in creative expression. Her body of work is vast and varied and continues to grow daily because of her refusal to be pigeon holed or limited. Inspired by her faith, her works are infused with humor and hope.
Determination to never stop touching or learning keep Rejina’s art moving and growing. Metal, glass, clay and upcycled plastic are currently her favorite media.
Creative strategies paired with determination for art and processes has catapulted Rejina into new realms. Her art work displays innovation and ingenious twists purposely meant to engage the viewer.
Rejina and her husband Mel, a fellow artist, took over The Little Art Shop gallery in Benicia in 2017 and use the opportunity to help other artists find their voice and promote their creative expressions.
“Sometimes projects turn out really well and sometimes they bomb. I don’t mind learning by making mistakes and usually those mistakes become a base for new works. For example a miniature grandfather clock that didn’t work anymore was turned into a three-story bird house. Everything has value and can have another life,” Christopher said. (by Tony Wade from Daily Republic)