Evolution of an Artist: Christie Snelson” OTC Fine Gallery enthusiastically presents local award-winning artist, Christie Snelson! Here is a statement about the artist’s upcoming exhibition: “A little bit of talent and a lot of hard work can go a long way. Find something you love, explore it, live and breathe it, and there will be growth.” On display will be some beginning drawings, portraits from her senior exhibition series “False Perspectives” and her continual “Humans of Social Media Project”, landscapes from her series, “Roots” and also some hands from her most recent “Show of Hands” if you missed them in July at Arts & Letters. There will assuredly be pieces that have yet to be displayed. An added bonus to this exhibition, the artist will be posting reflections beside each artwork describing what she learned by creating the piece. As a retrospect exhibit, Christie hopes to encourage persistence and play within ones passion. Artist Bio: Artist Christie Snelson started her artistic journey in high school, started painting in college, and has not put down a paintbrush since. From drawing with mechanical pencils to charcoal, then to acrylics, and finally oils, this artist has explored a number of ideas and concepts in her ten years as an artist, and this is only the beginning. Christie Snelson was born and raised in the Southwest Missouri area. She grew up thinking she had little artistic talent and focused on academics. In high school, she realized a drawing ability, but her painting ability was not discovered until her Freshman year of college. Ever since then, she has not put down a paintbrush. She graduated with a degree in Fine Art emphasizing in Painting from Missouri State University in 2013 and now commissions paintings and is building her own body of work as an award-winning, professional artist. Christie primarily works in a unique style with oil on canvas and focuses on living subject matter. She is fascinated by light and color, and that shows in her work. She is also interested in relationships in regards to social media. Her campaigns can be found throughout Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine.Her portraits and pet portraits are also quickly becoming a popular favorite for commissioned work. For inquiries regarding commissions or other work, please fill out a form in the contact page: http://www.christiesnelson.com