“It was like something clicked; it looked so much different than anything I’d ever done before. The painting popped, and I felt like it said so much more than my other paintings did.”
She replaced the paintings she had planned to use in the show with the new ones that quickly followed.
The painting that set her going, “Growth of Confidence,” shows Christine absorbed in the creative process, eyes focused on a canvas where she is about to apply paint.
The growing confidence she records has helped validate Christine’s decision to attend the Rhode Island School of Design this fall, where she was admitted early decision.
She has always been interested in marketing and design along with painting, and won an award for a fashion project she did for DECA, a program that prepares high school students for business careers.
Christine worried that she would have to choose between her interests at RISD, but she no longer sees a conflict.
“I was very apprehensive about going into the art world at first, because you hear so many things — ‘Oh, you’re going to be a starving artist,’” she said. “But I’m really not worried about it anymore.”
YOU AND ME, ME AND YOU
What: Paintings by Valerie McCaffrey and her granddaughter, Christine Green
Where: Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly
When: Now until Aug. 29
Information: www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/farms, 978-921-6066