Courtney Christie

Courtney Christie

Courtney Christie 2000 1010 The Tucson Gallery
Courtney Christie
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Courtney Christie

Courtney’s Story

Though I grew up in Southern California, I moved to Tucson, Az at a young age, and it’s always felt more like home. I went to the University of Arizona, twice, where I received two degrees; a B.S. in Government and Public Policy, and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The natural sciences definitely resonated much deeper with me, and I decided to pursue a career in Conservation Biology.

Though my long term career goal was initially fieldwork and research, I was fortunate to get a position as a Zookeeper in Herpetology, where I’ve gained so much knowledge through mentors and piers, have met many amazing people, have had opportunities to attend and speak at conferences, lead field trips, go on trips to do fieldwork and find endangered species, and in addition to working with tons of incredible animals on a daily basis, I also get to teach visitors and share my passion for the Sonoran Desert.

Through this job, my second degree, and the countless hours spent in the field on hiking adventures, I fell in love with the natural history and biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert which has become the largest influence on my art. In art, my goal is to capture the overlooked beauty, hidden talents, mystery, and importance of more obscure creatures that can be found in the Sonoran Desert. While most people are well aware of more charismatic species like mammals and birds, I’ve made it my mission to share the not-so-obvious beauty that can be found in the little guys that are just beneath our feet...

Where did you grow up?

My earlier childhood was spent in Southern California, but my family moved to Tucson, AZ when I was barely a teenager, so Tucson feels more like home.

Tell us about your family

I moved to AZ with my mom and sisters when I was younger, and the rest of my family lives in CA. My mom, sisters, and their partners all currently live in Tucson. I’m enjoying the single life with my pets at home.

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them

Yes, two cats— Mushu and Neo— who are my loves, and 10 snakes— mostly Carpet pythons (a species from Australia).

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I’ve always enjoyed art from a young age and my mom said I would be an artist someday. I remember creating detailed drawings for book reports in second grade, and I continued drawing until I reached college. College put a damper on my creative spirit due to lack of time, and I didn’t revisit art until I graduated. I started exploring painting around that time, and though it was very irregular over the following years, I picked it up again and have been creating art somewhat consistently for the past decade. Only in the past few years did I decide to pursue art as more than a hobby, and create on a regular basis with intention to share it with others.

What is your favorite media to work with?

I love working with acrylic paint, and I recently picked up markers a few years ago as an experimental side project. Though it was a steep learning curve initially, I improved my skills over the following years, and not only do I love using markers now, but all of my stickers and invertebrate art have been created using this medium! I also sketch and occasionally mess with watercolors.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I’m not creating art I’m at my job working with reptiles and invertebrates, hiking, at the gym, reading, learning piano, baking, spending time with my kitties, and during the summer I enjoy Blacklighting (for moths) and looking for reptiles.

Artworks by Courtney Christie

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