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Christina Oddo
Christina Oddo

About the Artist

Artist Statement


"Travels, appreciation for the natural world and love of painting have shaped my vision as an artist. I create expressive realistic pastel paintings that capture fleeting moments of rich color and luminosity in a landscape. I'm fascinated by the transformation of light and how these variations affect the mood of a piece. With pastels I'm able to work directly onto textured paper or board applying color and blending. In addition to my pastel work, I’ve been exploring the possibilities of combining acrylic paints and pastels to vary textures, colors and create interesting atmospheric effects in my paintings with amazing results.

Inspired by the 19th century landscape painters, who were in awe when they discovered America's endless beauty and inspiring vistas, I strive to bridge an emotional response with the representational elements of a location. My journey will continue with further exploration of mood and space using layered color and unique compositions, aiming to capture the essence of a place."




Christina Oddo's love of painting and drawing along with her passion for the natural world is apparent in her pastels. Inspired by artists of the Hudson River School, Christina strives to capture those fleeting moments when color and light evoke much emotion. She creates a luminous quality within her pastels to express the romanticism of a landscape. Her style of expressive realism entices the eye - with a closer look, one will discover the many pastel marks that establish the foundation of each painting.

Christina primarily works in pastels, which are her medium of choice because they can be directly applied to paper or board. This allows her to work hands-on when applying color and blending. Her unique style is due to the layered application of soft pastels on a dark background. The result is a rich and luminous quality within her art.

Born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Christina received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, where she studied a variety of disciplines in illustration and graphic design. She's an award winning artist that participates in many juried exhibitions, including outdoor fine arts festivals, and her artwork is included in national and international collections. She currently resides in Evergreen, Colorado, where her studio is located.



Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Artists Association, Evergreen, CO
Pastel Society of Colorado, Denver, CO
Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO