Christen Yates

Christen Yates
Abstract, Others Artist
Crozet, VA, United States

Christen Yates is a contemporary landscape painter working primarily in oil. After receiving a BA from the University of Virginia, she received an MA in theology, art, and community development from Regent College in Vancouver, BC in addition to studies at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Christen lives and works by the mountains just outside of Charlottesville with her husband, four kids, flock of hens and rescue dog. Using loose and suggestive strokes, she hopes her paintings offer an immediacy of experience in which the viewer can linger and find moments of rehumanizing connection with the natural world


"My paintings seek not simply to observe, but to explore our relationship with the land as well as its flora and fauna, to connect my vulnerability and fragility with the created world’s. They emerge from a deep love for and care of the land. Focusing on the Blue Ridge Mountain area of central Virginia, land originally, I’ve come to learn, stewarded by the Monacan Indian Nation,  I use loose and suggestive strokes that imply an immediacy of experience within which I want the viewer to linger.  Painting for me is a process of paying attention, of looking at the layers of meaning we ascribe to our placed-ness and hopefully evoking moments of re-humanizing connections."

We Wake to Birdsong, 2022 Christen Yates
This Abundant Stillness, 2022 Christen Yates
Be Astonished, 2021 Christen Yates
Golden Rod Glory, 2021 Christen Yates
Even though, 2020 Christen Yates
Two Person show with Frank Phillips at the Dairy Market
Two Person show with Frank Phillips at the Dairy Market Two Person show with Frank Phillips at the Dairy Market

Come see work by artist Frank Phillips and myself at the new Brick Cellar Gallery - part of the recently renovated Dairy Market Building in downtown Charlottesville, VA. The show will be up through December 2021 with an opening night and gallery talk Friday, June 18th, 5pm.


Charlottesville, VA