As a contemporary impressionist painter and lifelong nature enthusiast, Christine Lashley gathers most of her ideas by painting outdoors. The art she creates on location or in the studio is about time spent in nature and the beauty of a moment held in memory. Light patterns inspire her, but she conveys more in her art besides the literal realism of sun and shadow. Her paintings often fuse reality and the abstract, using color and texture to look ‘real’ from afar but dissolve into abstraction up close. The painting’s final paint layers (with thick brush marks, scraping and glazes) give the art a three-dimensional aspect to the surface, evoking the multi-dimensional layers seen in the natural world. The result is a strong sense of place and mood that transcends the individual elements on the canvas.