Artist Statement

When I was 28, I experienced the quintessential artist’s dream job: working alone on a 120 foot fire lookout tower on Johnny George Mountain in eastern Washington. My duties included watching for the inevitable fires caused by lightning strikes onto a tinder dry forest. That unique experience deepened my spirituality that is the essence of my artworks. My view was a hundred miles in all directions and I tuned into the forces of nature above a grand and expansive landscape. While watching the forest and sky, I was also practicing meditation, or writing, or making art. An artist-observer, I enjoyed the moments fully along with spectacular changes in light, cloud formations and weather. On the lookout I got in touch with the elements of nature that continue to influence my artist’s vision and life’s creative work. It is from that vantage point, my inner mountain top, I create enigmatic landscapes in photography and luminous otherworldly paintings. 

[above] Portrait of Christine Eagon by Joseph Glasgow

Christine at Johnny George Mountain Lookout  - 1977
Christine at Johnny George Mountain Lookout – 1977

Bio

Christine Eagon is a visual artist and art educator. Born in Hillsboro, Oregon, she studied art and photography at Portland State University, Oregon College of Art and Craft and graphic design at Clark College. Christine volunteers as Leader of Inner Light Photographic Society, founded 1986 in Portland, OR. Her artworks and photographs are held in permanent collections including the Broad Museum of Art at Michigan State University, Oregon State University and in numerous private art collections in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.  Christine’s Circle Painting technique involves liquid acrylic and sea salt on handmade Fabriano Artistico paper. She finds inspiration while watching the night sky, local bird life, and spectacular changes of light along ocean beaches. Christine lives in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. She volunteers as a docent at the Historic U.S. Coast Guard Boathouse in Garibaldi, Oregon.