My SVG: Christine Browne
Christine Browne is an emerging Vincentian artist who explores surrealism, religion and fantasy in her art. Christine is also an art teacher at a private school. This graduate of University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus is trained in visual and fine arts. Christine is currently working on a new collection of acrylic and gouache paintings based on biblical themes. Not only does she paint, and draw, this talented SVG native is also an amateur video editor and writer. Today, Christine shares her vision for Caribbean art and offers a glimpse into the life of a young Vincentian artist.
Describe St. Vincent and the Grenadines in three words.
Volcano of talent!
Which area are you from?
What is your favourite traditional dish, and why?
Callaloo soup, I love the thickness and richness of the soup and its flavour.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favourite childhood memories came from my break and lunch time at St. Mary’s RC school where my friends and I used to run around the grounds pretending to be warriors. During these breaks we battled monsters and found hidden treasures. I was a tom boy then. I remember always trying my hardest to hit the ball when we played cricket.
Where did you attend high school?
I attended St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown.
What was your favourite subject in high school?
I had two favourite subjects, Art and Geography. If I couldn’t be an artist, then I had to become an archaeologist; they both sounded very romantic and adventurous to me.
Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?
The person who inspires me is Vonnie Roudette. She is also an artist, and a writer and Community College art teacher. I admire her work in promoting the arts in St. Vincent. Miss Roudette is always encouraging personal growth and the importance of honing and sharing your talent for the good of others in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
What is your favourite restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is Flow Wine Bar and Kitchen.
Describe your creative process.
My art making process usually starts with an idea. I have to find or be captivated by something that really inspires me. My inspirations have come from faith stories, social concerns or something mysterious in nature. After I am inspired, then I do observational sketches and experiment with colours, media and composition. Then, I finally start working my ideas onto canvas. I shamefully grow bored of ideas very easily so the art making process happens quite quickly while my inspiration is at its peak!
What major developments would you like to see happen in Caribbean art and culture in the next two decades?
I’d like to see the Caribbean exposed to many different art styles and forms of expressions. I hope that we can begin to view different ideas with open hearts and minds. I’d like our culture to remain rich and strong but still become more open to other cultures and ideas that differ from our own.
Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to SVG?
I’d definitely tell them to visit the majestic La Soufriere and the gorgeous Grenadine islands!
Considering a staycation, where in SVG is your favourite place to unwind and recharge?
My favourite place to unwind is right at the centre of the Botanical Gardens. I love being surrounded by nature and the enchanting sounds of the many species of birds in SVG.