Christianna Kanoy is a self-taught pastel artist. She is a native North Carolinian and currently lives in Carrboro.
I feel compelled to document the architectural history found in the small towns of North Carolina because so many of these places are rapidly disappearing. I personally photograph these scenes, return to the studio and use my photos to create and compose paintings I feel may speak to others. I approach an architectural painting as if I were painting a portrait of a place and hope to create a feeling of the “soul” of this place. Interestingly, during the process of observing and studying the many details as I paint, I come to know each place intimately and each becomes a part of my own history.
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