Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring ever since she was a little girl.  Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery exhibits, writing, teaching and speaking.

The Journey

Christine began her career in 1995 with the creation of an independent greeting card line called Swirly, which evolved into an internationally known brand with more than 1200 retailers and clients, including Target, Barnes + Noble, JoAnn Fabrics and the Girl Scouts of America. Swirly was licensed for a wide array of gift, stationery and home decor items and her illustrated gift book Plant Your Dreams and the Miracles will Grow was translated into three languages.

After exhibiting her original mixed media work in galleries and shows across the country, Christine's second book - Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment - was self-published in 2008. Combining her artwork with essays on finding wisdom in everyday life, the book led to Christine's second gift and stationery line - The Christine Mason Miller Collection - licensed by Demdaco, Trader Joe's and Crescendoh for greeting cards, wall art, journals, bookmarks and rubber stamps. Her third book - Desire to Inspire - Using Creative Passion to Transform the World - was published by North Light Books in 2011 with stories, insights and exercises from twenty contributors including Liz KallochAmy Krouse RosenthalTracey Clark and Mary Anne Radmacher.

Christine Mason Miller is a regular contributor to a number of print publications including Bella Grace, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio and Mabel magazine, and her essays have also been featured in Skirt! magazine. She has interviewed a long list of artists, visionaries, filmmakers, writers and one Buddhist priest including Melody Ross, Jen Lee, Jennette Nielsen, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Pixie Lighthorse, Lisa Occhipinti and Karen Maezen Miller.

In the midst of all her work as a writer and artist, Christine has organized countless retreats and gatherings with some of the community's leading artists, authors and change-makers - creating spaces, environments, gallery shows and circles that have inspired transformative healing, visionary collaborations and passionate artistic expression. Her next circle is coming together now for a gathering in Ojai, California in October 2015 with Wild Roots, Sacred Wings.

Projects + Passions

I am excited to invite you to join me for The Conscious Booksmith: A Mindful Approach to Creating Your Book. This thoughtfully created course - a collaboration with the beautiful Jen Gray and Michelle Madden-Smith of Animyst - is a guide for aspiring authors and book-makers. It is filled with tools and inspiration designed to support the creation of a comprehensive book plan reflective of your values, priorities and ideals.

And by book, we mean any kind of book! Yours might be a photo book, novel, illustrated children’s book or a collection of poetry, personal essays, short stories, or recipes…anything at all.

"I know how challenging it is to take an idea for a book and begin the work of making it real.

I have struggled with my own ideas, writing discipline and motivation. I wrestle with things like procrastination and resistance all the time.

My intention is to guide you to a book creation process that moves as seamlessly as possible within the flow of your daily life.

I am here to share what I know and offer you tools, inspiration and encouragement."

{ Christine Mason Miller }

Christine is thrilled to have worked with two Conscious Booksmith communities in 2014 and 2015. Stay tuned for announcements about a possible 2016 offering.

Christine is one of ten featured artists in Indie Kindred - the documentary film by Jen Lee that explores the possibility and potential of creative collaboration. The DVD is now available on Amazon or on-demand on Vimeo.

Clients + Publishers + Licensees

"I have made dreams real and moved forty times and fractured a vertebrae and traveled around the world and self-published a book and rescued a hummingbird and dented a few cars and hugged my family and raised a puppy and driven across country and witnessed three births and gathered my friends and folded laundry and created art and written stories and laughed and cried and hula-hooped and sipped tea and knitted scarves and wrapped presents and mailed letters and I was even a cheerleader in high school.

And what I know is that it has all really been about the same thing - telling stories, encouraging joy and creating havens. Constructing and nurturting spaces, gatherings, businesses, communities, brands and containers that inspire healing, transformation, and stepping more fully into the truth of the world's relentless need for our unique voice in the world."

{ Christine Mason Miller }

{ Bio photos by Lisa Field-Elliot and Larry Davanzo