Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Christina currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She spends most of her time busily attempting to acclimate to the Deep South by practicing her Southern drawl, concealing any paraphernalia that hint at her family’s Yankee roots, frying all of her food and subsequently putting out large grease fires.
In addition to searching for her inner “Southern-ness,” Christina works on a variety of illustration projects including children’s literature, illustrated maps, book design and Judaica (Jewish art). She recently completed her first picture book, Stellarella: It's Saturday!, with Jackson-area author Debo Dykes. You can learn more about Stellarella (and buy a book while you're at it!) at www.stellarellaandtank.com. Her second book, Stellarella: Seashells on the Seashore, is due out in April of 2014.
Christina received her artistic training both on her own and at 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.
As evidenced by her portfolio, one of Christina's favorite specialties is Judaica. (Check out her weekly illustrated verses of Torah, or "D'rash Designs," 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 with a rabbi - she is married to Rabbi Marshal Klaven and they share their home with a toy poodle and a lovebird, whose food Christina occasionally attempts to fry.
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