Christene Sanderson grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia, where she attended public school, and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College. Throughout childhood and adolescence, she drew animals, people, landscapes and maps. On completion of her formal education (B.A., B.Ed.), she continued to find satisfaction with pen, paint, and stone, and to experiment with the concepts these media suggested.
She has worked with various artists on projects and exhibited this work in regional public galleries including Mount St. Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology, the former Dartmouth Heritage Museum, and private galleries in Amherst, Wolfville, and Truro. This included being co-owner of “Signatures Gallery of Fine Art”, 47 Inglis Street, N.S., which was destroyed by fire in 1985.
Her history includes that of being an educator as well as being an artist. She has taught Art in various institutions: The Nova Scotia Teachers’ College, the Institute for Early Childhood Education, Correctional Service Canada and with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. She has implemented numerous art workshops and produced televised Art Education programming through Eastlink Cable TV called “The Secrets of Seeing”.
While teaching Art in the public schools (1999-2013) she developed and implemented Visual Art and Art History curricula for grades 9 – 12 at South Colchester Academy, and Virtual Visual Art 10 & 11 with the Provincial Virtual High School, and assisted the development and piloting of the N.S. Dept. of Ed. Art Education Draft Document for Senior High. While this meant stepping away from the painting studio, it allowed her to broaden her skills in presenting art processes and art history. She enjoyed all of this interaction, and retired from the Public School System in June 2013.
In addition to her studio practice of creating and exhibiting, she has been preparing the “Primordial Dawn” series of paintings and carvings, teaching painting to adults at the Douglas Street Recreational Centre in Truro, and presenting visual art history and design lectures to members of the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Christene also serves on the Boards of the Truro Art Society and Attic Painters. Updates to all of her activities can be found at www.christenesandesonart.ca and https://www.facebook.com/christenesandesonart