Artist Statement



The oil paintings I create have a style that falls somewhere between figurative and abstract. I paint allowing color to define form, and as the painting progresses it doesn’t always resemble the original inspiration. I enjoy exploring the connections and associations between humans, the natural world, and Creator God. When these distinct entities interact I call it a trilaboration. I find many triads in life and incorporate them into my art.

Creating art is a transcending experience for me. I discovered this in junior high art class. Mr. Bill Vose and Ms. Grace Frielach-Grubb saw something in me that I didn't understand, but I loved their attention. They taught me to 'see'.


I am grateful for this.


I have tried and enjoyed printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, but when I started painting I felt like I had found 'home'.


My instructors at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale subtly encouraged this path. Michael Onken taught me about oil painting. Herb Fink, my drawing instructor, once told me, "I can teach you everything you need to know about how to draw well. But you must promise me one thing; after I teach you, you must forget everything I have said and just draw." I didn't logically understand what he meant, yet his words resonated in my spirit and still do to this day.


I studied graphic design in order to support my fine art habit. I needed to find some way to use my creative tendencies in a career, and design seemed the logical choice.


The desire to absorb as much about art and design as I possibly could, led me to Chicago. I accepted a scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and jumped into discovering city-life. I studied design, photography, painting, and best of all Art History. As students, we had direct access to works of the Masters within the Art Institute which was incredible. The few years I spent living in Chicago have had a lasting impression. I was so distracted by all that the city had to offer, I decided to return to SIU-C, finish my degree, and then go back to Chicago. Life has a current all its own, and I was swept away by love.


I got married, expanded my life, and joined together with my husband on a new adventure. Making art was set aside while I figured out how to walk along side another on life's journey. I watched as he discovered his creative spirit and set forth to feed his own 'habit'. We were blessed with two children to come along on our ride.


Like friends separated by expanse, the occasional opportunities to create art came along intermittently. Those visits were so familiar to me, as if no time had passed between their absences.


My compulsion to paint has been a perpetual faint voice calling me. I can finally respond and invite it back into my daily life.

Christine Migala

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Gateway Technical College

Certified Landscape Professional     2008

Landscape-Garden Design, Integrated Pest Management


Southern Illinois University Carbondale

BFA Communication Design      1989


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Undergraduate studies       1986-1988

Visual communications, painting and drawing



Heyer True Value Hardware

Lawn & Garden manager 2014 – present


The Starline Factory

 Worker Bee        2010 - 2014

 Gardener, marketing design


The Freelance Gardener

 Owner              2007 – 2014

 Landscape garden design & consultation


Migala Metal Designs

 Co-Owner           2005 – present

 Artist/Blacksmith Studio, architectural metal work


The Communications Resource

 Design Manager     1991-1994

 Create/manage production of marketing materials for small businesses and associations


Corridor Press

 Production artist   1989-1991

 Graphic design production for small printing company



Scholarship Alpha Beta Hortus, GTC     2008

Scholarship Burlington Garden Club     2007

President’s Award – The Communications Resource   1993

Purchase Award Art Show – SIUC     1989

Merit Award, SAIC        1985




6th Annual Creek Gallery Group Show

  Crystal Lake, IL   2017


28th Anniversary Women’s Works

 Old Court House Art Center   2015


1st Friday Art Show Architecture & Landscapes

 Lakeside Legacy Dole Mansion   2014


Brandenburg Galleries Olivet Nazarene University

 Expanding Borders   2014


4th Fridays Art Event

 Starline Gallery & Studios   2014


We Love Artists Show

 Spring Grove, IL   2013


Art of the Land Art Show and Benefit

 The Land Conservancy of McHenry County   2013


Water Street Studios Group Show

  Batavia, IL   2013


Creek Gallery Group Show

  Crystal Lake, IL   2013


4th Fridays Art Event

 Starline Gallery & Studios   2013


Art Prize

 Grand Rapids, MI   2012


4th Fridays Art Event

 Starline Gallery & Studios   2011


Art of the Land Art Sale & Benefit

 The Land Conservancy of McHenry County fundraising event   2010


People’s Choice Art Awards

 Geneva Lake Art Association      2010


M&I Bank Artist of the month

 Lake Geneva, WI        2010


Lake County Arts Magazine

 Profile article        2010


Lake Geneva Library

 Artist of the month       2010


Winter Solstice Show

 Starline Studios & Gallery      2008


Design 89

 SIUC Design Student Show      1989


2x2 Art Show

 SAIC Student Art Show       1987



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