Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it’s habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart. She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. She enjoys working with arts education nonprofit groups, working collaboratively and reading other peoples favorite books. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, though always midwestern at heart.
“An idea could come at any moment, but I found I like to chew on them for a while. I might start a drawing blindly, adding whatever moves me at the moment, and then I sit with it for a few weeks, meditating on it while in my groggy morning state, or think about it while going for a walk. I have a rule that I work on any part I know to the next, this means I don’t already have the entire drawing planned out at the beginning. Then I start to layer the pen, and to color in no particular order, but I keep build it up as time goes on, filling in what I’ve figured out. Sometimes I have to put something away and wait for the “aha! moment” on how to finish it… but I think time/space is one of the most useful tools an artist can use.” – Christina Mrozik (Hypocrite Design)