The pastoral farmland of western New York State is both home and inspiration to painter Christine Daly. Her carefully crafted images describe the chance encounters of her rural life. Horses and hounds quietly traverse her landscapes while fertile gardens provide a seasonal abundance of still life fodder. Her forays into the fields and woods yield pockets full of gnarled wild fruits, antlers shed in a cornfield or remnants of battered kitchenware retrieved from the tangled overgrowth of long abandoned farmsteads. Back in her studio she meticulously lights and arranges her finds into spare compositions, riveting the viewer’s attention precisely on that which has captivated hers. Unfettered by pretense, Daly retains an innate curiosity that invites seduction by the exquisite organic shapes, patterns and colors that compel her to paint. With deep respect for the enduring tradition of still life painting, her quiet contemplations focus on the extraordinary beauty of ordinary things.


After earning degrees in both Studio Art and Art History, Daly initially began as a mural painter. However that ideal quickly surrendered to the security of a predictable income. Working long hours as a commercial artist and raising a family shelved any notion of painting for several years. Leaving the job and the city for a farm in East Arcade, NY, Christine eventually found her way home. She returned to the things she loves most: riding her horses, tending her gardens, roaming the woods with children and dogs and visually transcribing what she has seen and found. The resulting watercolors and oil paintings have been successfully exhibited and sold in galleries throughout the US. Her one woman shows have sold out and several of her paintings have appeared on covers of the national periodicals. In addition to painting, Christine has collaborated with her artist/husband on several related projects. She authored the text for Painting Natures Quiet Places (Watson-Guptill, 1985) and conceived, wrote and designed The Art of Thomas Aquinas Daly: The Painting Season (Daly Studio, 1998).


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