Christina Mattison Klaven
Christina is a full-time artist who loves her job and is thankful that she does not work in a cubical anymore.
Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Christina currently resides in Galveston, Texas. Christina is the artist behind C. Mattison Art and she works on a variety of creative projects including children’s book illustration, book design, stationery design and Judaica fine art. She is thrilled that Stellarella: It's Saturday!, which was the first picture book she illustrated, won first place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the Spirituality, Religion and Philosophy category.
Although she has always been an artist at heart, Christina's background is anything but traditional in the art world. She has studied and/or worked in the fields of neuroscience, emergency medicine and business, yet returned to art as a permanent career several years ago and has not looked back. Her varied background feeds into her artwork on many levels, and she is not afraid to think 'outside the box.'
The foundation all of Christina's artwork is her strong fine arts background, which she credits to having grown up near the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where over the years she has taken a variety of courses in multiple disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture and design. True to her Baltimore roots, Christina's artistic style is infused with a a bit of grit, a lot of funk, and a graffiti-esque vibe that is wild and endearing at the same time. She prefers working with mixed media, beginning with "traditional" materials such as ink, paper collage and paint, and completing the art digitally.
As evidenced by her portfolio, one of Christina's favorite specialties is Judaica. (Check out her weekly artwork based on traditional Jewish texts, The D'rash Design Project, here.) In case you're wondering why in the world there is a Jewish girl named "Christina," she converted to Judaism in 2011, which worked out since she ended up marrying a rabbi. She and her husband, Rabbi Marshal Klaven, share their home with a toy poodle and a lovebird, who faithfully keep Christina company in her studio all day (and often into the night).
Christina is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).