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Christie Close

  • 169 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
  • Suite A

About The Artist

Artist Statement

I am pleased to welcome visitors to my Victress Arts studio and showroom in downtown Mill Valley during the upcoming Marin Open Studios and for private visits by arrangement.

I have adapted my art-making mediums for healthy air quality in homes and offices and to protect our waters from chemical pollution. This is to express a lifetime of concern for the environment since growing up in the high Sierra mountains of California. I accomplish this by working mainly in non-toxic mediums such as watercolor, hardwood, unglazed clay, recycled materials, earth pigments, beeswax, and desert sand when developing my abstract and figurative works on canvas, paper, and birch board.

In my victress series, I found a way to tell a story of stages in my life journey and similar stories of many women I have known, as we overcame previous limitations, rising victorious over imposed limitations, while healing ourselves, helping each other, and thriving. This is a celebration, hence the name Victress Arts.
I am an author and a poet. Many of my artworks have one of my poems on the back.


Christie Close is a painter and sculptor residing at her studio showroom in downtown Mill Valley. She has a fine arts education, a background in Zen practice, travel, writing poetry and short stories, environmental activism, and work with women and children. She is a Bay Area Postpartum Doula working with newborns and new parents.
Her early and major influences are from Japanese and Russian teachers and artists active in Europe and America from 1910 to 1960. Christie is educated in the classic arts of drawing, composition, color theory, sculptural form, and design. This artist has found her unique and original voice, developing her style. There is a palpable presence and meaning that comes through in her work. Many personal experiences and breakthroughs are visible in the works she calls The Water Series, The Earth Series, and The Victress Series. The name Victress Arts is a statement about personal triumph over limitations and a prayer for our water, air, and earth to recover from many challenges. Her approach is influenced by early nature-focused life in the California High Sierras, scuba diving in many tropical locations, and living in the Sangre Di Cristo Mountains near Taos New Mexico.

Art Medium(s)

Watercolor, Drawing, Prints and Printmaking, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Studio Information

Building Name

Victress Arts Studio

Studio Or Unit Number

Suite A

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Please park on the street. Enter my showroom through the double glass doors near the garage.

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