A mid-career artist, Christie Scheele has been painting devotedly since receiving her BFA in 1980, and began exhibiting and selling her work in 1985. While getting her BFA, she spent a year on fellowship at the Royal Academy of Fine Art and the University Complutense of Madrid in 1978-79.
She started painting her atmospheric, minimalist landscapes just before moving to the Catskills from New York City in 1990. Ms. Scheele paints images, in her signature style, of all of the places she has ever been. Finding joy in both the universal and the specific, among her favorite subjects are the beaches, marshes, rivers, lakes and mountains of the Northeast. She also enjoys painting vistas of Ireland, Spain; South America; mid- and Western views of the US: urban views; and the highways and bridge views that connect all of these places. These atmospheric, often minimalist pieces cross the boundaries between traditional realism and the contemporary art world, reaching the viewer’s heart without sentimentality or melodrama.
Christie Scheele’s work can be found nationally and internationally in hundreds of private and public collections. These collections include the Queens Museum of Art: the Provincetown Artists Association and Museum; the Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY; the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, TX; American Airlines, Waterford Crystal: Bessemer Trust Co.; Mark Ruffalo: Kelsey Grammer: and James Glieck. Her paintings were featured in the films “Broken Flowers” and “Perfect Strangers”; have appeared in Architectural Digest; and have been written about and reviewed extensively wherever she has exhibited.