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Christy Sawyer
St. Louis, MO

About the Artist

CHRISTY COLLINS SAWYER ~ XT Fine art painter, potter, clay sculptor


Christy Sawyer creates loose, representational figure and portrait paintings, often composed on multiple canvases and surfaces, sometimes with three-dimensional effect. She utilizes an abundance of medium including foundational washes of thin oil or acrylic, under-drawings of charcoal, graphite, ink, and coffee and then ultimately finished with either pastel or oil paint.

Christy also creates amazing abstract paintings with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces. She says she has to surrender “control” of her m…

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About the Artist

CHRISTY COLLINS SAWYER ~ XT Fine art painter, potter, clay sculptor


Christy Sawyer creates loose, representational figure and portrait paintings, often composed on multiple canvases and surfaces, sometimes with three-dimensional effect. She utilizes an abundance of medium including foundational washes of thin oil or acrylic, under-drawings of charcoal, graphite, ink, and coffee and then ultimately finished with either pastel or oil paint.

Christy also creates amazing abstract paintings with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces. She says she has to surrender “control” of her medium to the muse, playfully allowing the inks to dictate what they wish to “say” to her, a bit of whimsy that belies the difficulty of working in a liquid medium on impermeable surfaces. These works have an enormous appeal to the casual as well as serious collectors of her art.



Someone once said, “We do not have souls; we are souls that have bodies.” Christy calls her work the “art of soul,” beckoning the viewer to observe that which is at once familiar and mysterious, comforting and unsettling. Christy says, “I paint souls! There is nothing like flesh draped over bones, wrinkling in crevices, stretching over muscles, reflecting warmly off itself, planes of light melting into shadows, defining and confining the soul that dwells within.”

Sawyer never pursued formal art training but began self-instruction in earnest in her 30's. She developed a significant art career soon thereafter, painting many portraits in the local community, including an admiral and several captains in the US Navy. 

Upon moving to Missouri, Christy had the opportunity to pursue a passionate hobby that became a mini-career in video production. She hadn’t consciously intended to set painting aside, but that is, in fact, what happened. Seven years later the paints and the turpentine called to her again and Christy has been painting diligently for the last fourteen years, first as a charter member of The Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri, and then in a succession of public and private studio spaces. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in juried competitions and has artwork in private collections around the United States.

Christy lives in an historic home in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is also an accomplished studio potter and clay sculptor. Her potter/husband of 47 years passed away into 2018 leaving the ceramic studio solely in her care, but she decided that she no longer desired to make pottery without him. So, she has turned all her energy into painting which is her first love and calling.

After many years of learning, experimentation, and diligence, Christy has created a significant body of mature work, confident in style and vision.


Artist’s Work

The Eyes Have it
Baxter
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Baxter

By Christy Sawyer

Eye ink
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Eye INK

By Christy Sawyer

My eye
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My Eye

By Christy Sawyer

Jesse
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Jesse

By Christy Sawyer

Cross: Alcohol Inks
Robe
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Robe

By Christy Sawyer

Golgotha hill
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Golgotha Hill

By Christy Sawyer

The cross is empty
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The Cross is Empty

By Christy Sawyer

Line 2
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Line

By Christy Sawyer

Visceral
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Visceral

By Christy Sawyer

Effervesent: Alcohol Inks
Effervesce
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Effervesce

By Christy Sawyer

Effervesce 3 2
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Effervesce 3

By Christy Sawyer

Effervesce 2 2
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Effervesce 2

By Christy Sawyer

Abstraction: Alcohol Inks
All that glitters 3
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All That Glitters

By Christy Sawyer

Triple sunset
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Triple Sunset

By Christy Sawyer

Passion 6
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Passion

By Christy Sawyer

Silver lining 4
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Silver Lining

By Christy Sawyer

Still waters 3
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Still Waters

By Christy Sawyer

Wave 13
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Wave

By Christy Sawyer

Searing loss
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Searing Loss

By Christy Sawyer

Diadem
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Diadem

By Christy Sawyer

Blues 3
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Blues

By Christy Sawyer

All that is gold
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All That is Gold

By Christy Sawyer

Rolling stone 2
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Rolling Stone

By Christy Sawyer

If you have to ask
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If You Have to Ask

By Christy Sawyer

Into the quiet
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Into The Quiet

By Christy Sawyer

Unexpected victory
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Unexpected Victory

By Christy Sawyer

Lemony thicket
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Lemony Thicket

By Christy Sawyer

Imagine 5
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Imagine

By Christy Sawyer

Embyonic
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Embyonic

By Christy Sawyer

Resolve
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Resolve

By Christy Sawyer

Journey 6
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Journey

By Christy Sawyer

Budding
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Budding

By Christy Sawyer

Aperature
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Aperature

By Christy Sawyer

Beauty comes gently
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Beauty Comes Gently

By Christy Sawyer

Dot dot dot to be continued
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Dot Dot Dot - To Be Continued

By Christy Sawyer

To the wind
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To The Wind

By Christy Sawyer

Vein 2
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vein

By Christy Sawyer

Disturb
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Disturb

By Christy Sawyer

Opposites
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Opposites

By Christy Sawyer

Privilege
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Privilege

By Christy Sawyer

Puddle 2
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Puddle

By Christy Sawyer

Fragile
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Fragile

By Christy Sawyer

Rise ii
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Rise II

By Christy Sawyer

Gears 2
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Gears

By Christy Sawyer

Sea dragon 1
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Sea Dragon 1

By Christy Sawyer

Sea dragon 2
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Sea Dragon 2

By Christy Sawyer

Sea dragon 3
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Sea Dragon 3

By Christy Sawyer

Crucible
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Crucible

By Christy Sawyer

Persistent
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Persistent

By Christy Sawyer

Not again
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Not Again

By Christy Sawyer

Pure 2
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Pure

By Christy Sawyer

Violets
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Violets

By Christy Sawyer

Blue vein
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Blue Vein

By Christy Sawyer

Whither shall i go
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Whither Shall I Go

By Christy Sawyer

Rising 6
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Rising

By Christy Sawyer

Summer gold
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Summer Gold

By Christy Sawyer

Star
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Star

By Christy Sawyer

Fierce 3
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Fierce

By Christy Sawyer

X marks the spot 2
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X Marks the Spot

By Christy Sawyer

Wandering heart
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Wandering Heart

By Christy Sawyer

Tripolar
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TriPolar

By Christy Sawyer

See saw
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See Saw

By Christy Sawyer

Happy 2
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Happy

By Christy Sawyer

Raw 3
Discover 2
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Discover

By Christy Sawyer

Unity amidst diversity
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Unity Amidst Diversity

By Christy Sawyer

Joy bubbles
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Joy Bubbles

By Christy Sawyer

Puddling around
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Puddling Around

By Christy Sawyer

Aubergine
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Aubergine

By Christy Sawyer

Fixed constellation
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Fixed Constellation

By Christy Sawyer

Within the lines
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Within the Lines

By Christy Sawyer

Refuse
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Refuse

By Christy Sawyer

Angler
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Angler

By Christy Sawyer

Ruler
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Ruler

By Christy Sawyer

Sunny side up
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Sunny Side Up

By Christy Sawyer

Three tears for the red white and blue
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Three Tears for the Red, White and Blue

By Christy Sawyer

Cloudy sea
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Cloudy Sea

By Christy Sawyer

The Grand Story
Redemption 5
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Redemption

By Christy Sawyer

Selected Exhibitions

Education

  • University Colorado,
    Colorado Springs, CO,1970