Instructor’s art on display at airport


Through Dec. 31, Tucson International Airport will exhibit more than 20 of Pima Community College faculty member Christina McNearney’s paintings and portraits in a central area on the second level.

“What I am doing right now is the most exciting thing,” McNearney said.

With titles such as “Daydream,” “Desert Series,” “Walking Series,” “Lake Xavier” and “Reaching Beyond,” her pieces represent the influence of earth, nature and climate.

McNearney joined the PCC faculty in 1999, and currently teaches painting, drawing and basic design in the visual and digital arts department.

From 1997-1998, she taught life drawing, and painting at the University of North Carolina.

The St. Louis native is a University of Arizona graduate.

She finds herself comfortable with a computer and press, as she frequently uses images from her drawings and paintings as fuel in her digital and intaglio prints and visa versa.

At age 18, McNearny began working at a Mexican art gallery. Her ideas and perception of art took over as she found her interest within art.

The hard work and dedication that she has given toward her work has led to the biggest project she has been involved in.

 “I experience palinopsia every waking moment of my life, yet as I paint I explore this aspect of perception as an experiment of paint mediums,” she said.

The effects of her vision have not stopped McNearney from painting and drawing, and in fact it’s helped her think of abstract patterns in a different perspective.

 McNearney started working on two large pieces in 2008 in time for the Nov. 8 gallery opening.

“It’s very process-oriented,” she said. “Art needs time for brewing and mentoring, to get my point across.”

The process usually results in digitally construct patterns, then print with pigmented inks and gel. The printed patterns are used with UV inhibitors, acrylic paints, then dripped on acrylic skins to complete a crypsis or natural pattern. She proceeds to layer the surface with paint.

McNearney has displayed her work around several Tucson locations, including the UA Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art and Obsidian Gallery.

 “I have a good feeling of my work, whenever I am there,” she said.


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