Christianne King comes from a family for whom artistic hobbies were a way of life; her father painted water-colors, her father’s father painted in oil, her French maternal grandmother trained at the Beaux Arts in Paris and specialized in watercolor still life.
Christianne has enjoyed drawing since childhood, but started studying painting only decades later, while residing in London, England, in 2006-2008. Courses at the Hampstead School of Art and the Prince’s Drawing Trust at Kensington Palace gave her the opportunity to develop her interests in oil painting and portraiture, while London museums and the English countryside provided inspiration.
Since returning to Bethesda in 2009, Christianne has studied at the Yellow Barn with Walter Bartman and Gavin Glakas, except for a two-year stint in Hong Kong. She was represented by the Vintage Vault & Gallery in Ellicott City, MD, until it was closed by the July 2016 flooding. She has exhibited at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, and Glenview Mansion with the Rockville Art League. Her paintings and commissioned portraits are in private collections in the US and abroad.
Christianne holds a BA from Smith College, and MPA from UMass, Amherst.