"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 - creating havens. Creating 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 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 all of her creative work; the desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking. Her latest book - Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World - is now available on Amazon.com and at bookstores everywhere.
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.
In early 2005, Christine's work shifted away from commercial illustration and brand-building towards mixed media collage. After exhibiting her original work in galleries and shows across the country, she began combining her creations with essays on finding meaning in everyday life, which led to Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment - self-published in 2008 - and another licensed collection of gift and stationery products.
Throughout her career, 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.