THE BEGINNING Christine has loved horses and art as early as she can remember. She spent her growing up years in Sunnyvale, California, with a Big Fat Greek family whose gatherings at the 1,000 acre George Ranch in Sonoma, California, gave her a lifestyle about which to dream. It was there that she first connected with the spirit of a horse, rode bareback free on the gracious acres, cared for, learned natural as well as traditional English riding and ownership.
BUSINESS WOMEN Christine's professional work in graphic design and equine art is based on a life time of experiences. Initially, she worked for Landor Associates in San Francisco, then branched off into her own design company while serving in higher educations as assistant Department Chair for San Francisco Academy of Art University for a decade, Chairing Corcoran College of Art and Design Department in Washington DC for 2.5 years, and now teaching 2 packaging classes at Academy of Art University.
DESIGN CLIENTS Christine's work has been recognized by Best of Napa Award 2015 small business, in addition a Clio and 2 Addy Awards, which were won while collaborating on corporate and packaging identities from Coca-Cola, The New Coke, Dole, Tree Top, Jergens, Continental Airlines, Del Monte, DiMare, V8, the International Space Station NASA, Centennial of Flight NASA,1 800 Suicide, to name a few. Please go to the Graphic & Packaging Design section of this website to view some current designs from clients such as Ghost Horse Vineyards, (winning a Gold and 3 Silver Medals in the World Wine Championships Packaging Competition 2013) Black Stallion Winery, Conn Valley Vineyards, Bourassa Vineyards, Mainelli Family Olive Oil, DaBecca Foods, and more.
FINE ART CLIENTS Her equine art has focused on working with, photographing, and painting many famous clients: Gandalf's trusty stead Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings, Kentucky Derby Champions, American Pharaoh, California Chrome, Orb, I'll Have Another, Animal Kingdom, Super Saver, Mind That Bird, Big Brown, Street Sense, Barbaro, Giacomo, Smarty Jones, to Rachel Alexandra, Curlin, Afleet Alex, Storm Cat, Birdstone, Presidential Affaire and many more. She continues to Photograph the Kentucky Derby as an Official Track Photographer for Churchill Downs and the Triple Crown for WBAL TV Baltimore.
PUBLISHINGS Her fine artistry including photography, oil paintings, and carousel horses, has appeared in such internationally prestigious publications as The Bloodhorse, Equine Images, Horse Talk, Sidelines, Horses in Art, Cambridge's Who's Who to the Kentucky Derby Gift Shop Museum, Back in the Saddle Catalogue, Exclusively Equine, EquestrianMag.com, Life Shades, Academy of Art Newspaper and more. One of the Official Photographers of the Kentucky Derby Archives and the Legendary Jockeys on Tour, to paintings in the "Hall of Heros" of the Pentagon she shows in galleries and with agents in California to New York. Christine's gift is capturing the essence of light and spirit, bringing it alive through whichever medium she chooses
EDUCATION 1981-1984 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE | with honors GRAPHIC DESIGN | PACKAGING DESIGN Art Center College of Design Pasadena, California.
1980-1981 GENERAL STUDY + ART| on scholarship California State University, Long Beach Long Beach, California.
1978-1980 GENERAL STUDY + ART Foothill Junior College Los Altos Hills, California.
1988-present CHRISTINE GEORGE DESIGN Clients such as: Ghost Horse Vineyards, Black Stallion Winery, Napa Palisades Brewing Co., Mainelli Family Olive Oil, Cowboy Up Brewing Co., Conn Valley Vineyards, Napa Select, SilverSpur Vineyards, Debecca Foods, Napa Valley AA, NASA, Envirofunding, NASC, Sandusky Group, Encon, Mano Swartz, Sanctuary for Rejuvenation, United States Park Police, Blue Pixel, 1 800 SUICIDE, The Beddow School, Kids-n-Cars, Mentoring Millions, So Maryland Wedding, Tech Homes, Argos Air, Vector Theatre Company, Viacom Cable, ASG, Autodesk Group, Mervyn's, DiMare, Hotel Sofitel, Sam Ash Pro NY, Palm Tek, Vista Vision, Self Care Inc., Corporate Workout, Lapperts Ice Cream And Coffees, Sausalito Roasting Co. Consulting for: Landor Associates, Addison Design, Wolff Olins USA, Axion Design, Profile Design & Primo Angeli. See website for samples.
1970- present CHRISTINE GEORGE | FINE ART Equine Art featuring all breeds of horses in which the essence of the horse is captured in oil on canvas, linen, and masonite. Some landscapes, varied animals and human portraits. Photography, Carousel horses and animals in full scale sculpture. Published and exhibited through out the United States, with showings in galleries and with agents from California to New York with a painting in the permanent collection of the Pentagon. Products currently being licensed and sold in such internationally prestigious publications and locations as the Kentucky Derby Gift Shop Museum, The Bloodhorse’s Exclusively Equine Gift Shop, The Back in the Saddle catalogue and Horse Lovers Gifts. Sold over 100 paintings to private collectors. One of the Official Track Photographers at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Triple Crown Coverage for WBAL TV Sports Director of Baltimore. See website for samples.
2001-2004 CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN Washington DC ADMINISTRATIVE CHAIR OF DESIGN | INSTRUCTOR Responsibilities include: Directing over Graphic Design Department, Computer Graphics Department and Interior Design Department. The main tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: - Selection, supervision and evaluation of faculty, and as needed, coordinators. - Revision of departmental GD + DM curriculum BFA|AFA and CE open enrollment. - Scheduling of departmental faculty and rooms. - Administration of departmental budget and resources. - Coordination of departmental exhibitions. - Liaison between the departmental faculty and administration. - Addressing the needs and concerns of the department faculty. - Communication with other departments to promote greater understanding among departments and to initiate interdepartmental activities. - Administration of projects of and services to students within the department. - Contact with professionals and resources in the field for hiring, guest lecturer and promotional purposes.- Participation in the registration process and subsequent advising of students. - Participation in portfolio reviews of applicants who wish to transfer into the departments. - Advising of BFA + AFA students. - Fielding daily calls for CE advising. - Working closely with CG program head in coordinating schedule, faculty and rooms. - Meeting with the community non-profits for Pro-Bono work. - Attending Chairs Council meetings. - Monitoring of studio equipment. - Participate in Awards Ceremonies. - Participate in Graduation Ceremonies. - Attend NCAA and AIGA conferences.
1991-2001 SAN FRANCISCO ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY San Francisco, CA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | DEPARTMENT OF GRAPHIC DESIGN FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR Responsibilities included: Plan department curriculum, instructing 4 strategic design and packaging courses ranging from Graphic Design 1,2,3 and Packaging Design 1,2,3,4, Study Halls, Directed Study of MFA students, private office hours advising students outside of classroom, supervising instructors and staff in the department, including, but not limited to: - Ensuring that attendance was kept completely and accurately by each instructor.- Ensuring that classes were held and started promptly as well as being conducted for the full time scheduled to meet.- Obtain corporate sponsorship for the department when available. - Manage and monitor equipment and facilities within the Department. - Maintain guidelines set by the Academy of Art College. - Keep complete and accurate attendance records. - Ensure that defaulting students are not attending classes. - Ensure compliance with state laws and all standards of the Academy's various accrediting agencies and associations. - Prepare and oversee the department budget. - Interact with other Department Directors, personnel and the extended community. 2004 - Wrote and constructed on line courses for Packaging 1& 2 ON LINE INSTRUCTOR FOR PACKAGING 1 + 2
2006-present SAN FRANCISCO ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR Responsibilities included: instructing Packaging Design 1, 2, & 3 Courses
NON-PROFITS Brought to the Academy of Art University such recognition and job experience for the students on real life jobs for: - NASA ISS LOGO | International Space Station Corporate Identity Washington DC, 6 partnering countries. - CFC | Centennial of Flight Commission Logo and Collateral Washington DC, Congressionally commissioned. - FFGA | Fund for Global Awakening Logo and Collateral Point Reyes, California. - VECTOR Theater Company | New San Francisco and Marin County Company, California. - 1 800 SUICIDE | National Hopeline Network, Kristin Brooks Washington DC, Congressionally supported 9 million.
1984-1988 LANDOR ASSOCIATES San Francisco, California. Project Director, Senior Designer: Experience from project beginning to end, clients, designing, photo shoots, to collateral. Clients included: Coca-Cola, Dole, Jergens, Dreyer's + Edy's, Tree Top, Coopervision, Stouffers, Continental Airlines, British Airlines, DiMare, V8, Kimberley Clak; Kleenex + Kotex.
HIGHLIGHTED HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2015 BEST OF NAPA AWARD local business Local Business category by the Napa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity.
2013 WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS Gold Medal - Creativity Category, Silver Medal - Graphic Design Category, Silver Medal - Form Category, Silver Medal - Style Catagory, Best Bottle Runner up for Ghost Horse Label.
2009 PERMANENT COLLECTION OF JESS JACKSON AND BARBARA BANKE Portrait done of two time Horse of the Year Curlin and Horse of the year Rachel Alexandra with both owners in front of their Stone Street Farm in Kentucky.
2007 PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE PENTAGON Sergeant Jay A. Blessing Portrait in the permanent collection of the Pentagon Washington DC 2006 THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER BARBARO Portrait done for Roy & Gretchen Jackson to raise funds for Thoroughbred Charities of America Louisville, Kentucky
2005 THE WOMEN’S MEMORIAL 5 Portraits for Faces of the Fallen Arlington Cemetery, Washington DC
1989 CLIO AWARD International Packaging Design The DiMare Corporation, Newman, California
1988 ADDY AWARD Print Materials | Logo & Trademark Design The DiMare Corporation, Newman, California
1988 ADDY AWARD Best of Division, Print Materials | Logo & Trademark Design
1984 GRADUATED WITH HONORS Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
1980 FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO UNIVERSITY OF CHOICE Governor Jerry Brown, State of California.
2015 LIKE NAPA! TV SHOW Episode FebChristine George All about horses
2011 CAVIAR AFFAIR MAGAZINE Photogrpahy for Ghost Horse Vineyards
2010 THE MARKET PLACE MAGAZINE Napa Valley Local article
2009 THE KENTUCKY DERBY & CHURCHILL DOWNS Limited Edition Collectors Book
2007 KENTUCKY DERBY 133 Limited Edition Collectors Book
2007 HORSES IN ART Full article 3 pages 2007 CAMBRIDE WHO’S WHO Select group of businesses making the difference
2006 SIDLINES MAGAZINE Full page article 2005 MARYLAND INDEPENDENT Full page article
2004 HORSE TALK MAGAZINE COVER VA/MD Horse magazine
2001 EQUINE IMAGES International magazine of horse art MEMBERSHIPS
2015-present KY Rocky Mountain Horse Association
2010-2015 Arabian Horse Association 2010-present Steering Committe Napa Valley Open Studios
2007-present AOV Artist of the Valley Gallery, Napa
2007-present NVAA Napa Vallery Artist Association 2007-present Arts Council Napa Vallery REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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