Abstract artist Christina Sadler in front of her abstract paintings

Hi there, I’m Christina 

 

I'm the person behind Maker Who Doesn’t Make. I’m an abstract artist based in Gloucester.

 

Painting is my form of self care, I believe art and creativity can make you feel better, it’s my passion. When I paint I feel calmer, more relaxed and less anxious. 

 

I want you to feel that too when you look at my art. So I make art for your home that helps you feel uplifted, relaxed and calm.   

 

I adore anything creative, I use the term “Maker” because art and creativity spans more than just painting and I really believe that the more people who “just make” a happier world we will live in! 

 

I am represented by Wychwood Art Gallery.

Recently I’ve hosted a pop up shop in John Lewis selling my art and completed a project working with Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Trust to improve their mental health in crisis room. 

I make anything from large abstract canvas art, original alcohol ink paintings, textiles, hand-printed scarves and ties to hand-painted indoor pots.  I also commission art for public and private clients and work on Arts and Health projects. 

When I'm not making art..

I’m likely to be running after my two young boys, going on long walks, dreaming of the sea or simply spending time with family and friends. Family is incredibly important and it was one of the turning points which made me leave my career and follow my dreams.

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Christina sadler artist working on a large canvas art gloucester

Find me in the studio

I make lots of things, large abstract paintings, ink paintings, textiles, even pots. I’m just happy creating and want you to find something you connect with. 

For me the physical act of painting is important in creating. I manipulate the materials I work with, sometimes allowing them to move freely and other times directing them into a space. Therefore creating a balance of control between paint and painter.

When I paint, I usually paint to music. It helps me to concentrate on the colours, shades, patterns and materials I’m using. 

I mostly paint standing up, it means i can dance (probably badly) but it also allows movement in the work. I pour, drizzle, scrub, remove, drip. Sometimes the work is on the floor, the table or the wall. Wherever the mood takes me.

 

I’m a messy painter, splodges on the floor, drips on my table, splashes on my clothes. When I see a mark I need to make, if that means I have to wipe the brush on the table or let it drip on the floor - so be it. 

I’m inspired by the natural world and how its uncertainty is similar to what people experience in day to day life; how you can control some things but not everything. This is reflected in the way I paint, allowing the mediums to flow and drip but then removing or altering the layers.

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christina sadler abstract artist in her studio in Gloucester
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Why I Make

I really believe in the power of creativity to make you feel better. I also believe art can connect us to a time, place and emotion. Surrounding yourself with objects and art that connect you to happy memories and events can improve how you feel. 

 

I enjoy making anything. I create abstract paintings, textiles and objects that help you to make the spaces you live in enjoyable to be in.

 

If you have a unique style, you’re creative, you want something no one else has, your home is your sanctuary, you need calm and relaxation, then let my art help you with that. 

 

 

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How I became an abstract artist

I’ve always enjoyed being creative, music, art, graphics, woodworking, cooking, those were the things I couldn’t wait to try at school. Exciting visits to galleries, theatres and as I got older live music and gigs. 

 

I went to university to study Fine Art, dreaming of becoming an artist. I graduated with a first class honours degree, took part in group shows, sold work and had my art on the London Underground.  

 

But then I stopped, not straight away, just gradually. Work life and my dream artist life didn’t quite match up.

 

I ended up working for an art gallery running their education department I gave art workshops and talks for adults and children - and got awarded one of the top 5 friendly family museums in the UK.  

 

I learnt about hanging and framing art, how to handle art, how to keep things safe, how to talk about art. I met artists; hobbyists, amateur, and professionals, I even met royalty. 

 

I realised that I wanted to reach people who didn’t access art through galleries or the normal means and that’s when I got a job working in Arts in Health. My proudest moment was organising an arts festival for the opening of a major new hospital. We had singers in waiting areas, poets writing with patients on wards, printmaking along the walk ways, knitting in the cafe, actors performing hospital staff stories. 

 

Family life started and we moved back to our home town of Gloucester. I got a job working in a crafts centre organising classes and workshops. I adored meeting everyone, chatting and seeing what they had created.

 

But, although it meant that i was surrounded by creatives and I had always seen myself as being creative, ironically I wasn’t physically making. Hence the name Maker Who Doesn’t Make

Following the dream 

The turning point was when I lost my nan. We were incredibly close and I struggled to cope. I was given a journal. The journal said to set small goals. I decided to set the goal "be creative again". I picked up a paintbrush and just started documenting anything that inspired me. Immediately it helped, I felt so much happier when I was painting and just having fun making things. 

 

Work also started getting in the way of family (a big no no in my book). My son started school and I promised a film night to celebrate his first week. I ended up losing track of time and once i got home he was in bed. 

I have always said don't chase the money just do what you love, life's too short to do things you don't enjoy. I realised I needed to follow my dream and be there for my family. 

The future

Creating and sharing the benefits of art is at the heart of what I do. I want to inspire others to start making again or to feel the benefit of creativity, share the things i've learnt along the way …. that’s part of the bigger dream. 

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