Christy Hull Hegarty discovered her love of art at Grosse Pointe South High School, in 1990 and graduated from Denison University, in Granville, OH with a B.A. in Studio Art and Education in 1997. After graduating, Christy started her career as an elementary art teacher in Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX.
Having worked successfully with various media, Christy’s passion for oils began while studying with Michael Teague in Bloomington, Indiana at the John Waldron Arts Center in 2004. Christy continued her education in oil painting when she moved to the Seacoast of New Hampshire by studying with local artists Pamela Dulong Williams, Todd Bonita, Karen Blackwood and Chris Volpe . Christy was excited to share her first studio space at the Wentworth Dennett Studios (aka: Art on the Hill Building), in Kittery, ME. In 2016, she moved into a new studio/gallery space, Studio 51 Ceres, in Portsmouth, NH with her good friend and fellow artist, Judy Schubert. In the winter of 2018, Christy moved her studio space into her home. She is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association, Newburyport Art Association, American Woman Artists and the Laguna Plein Air Association.
Christy is inspired by color and light. She is influenced by the work of Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, and Lucian Freud. Balancing realism and impressionism, Christy likes to work with a small palette and just a few brushes. She continues to sign up for workshops with some of her favorite artists and hopes to start attending some of the Pleine Aire competitions throughout the country. In the meantime, she is doing her best to find time to get outside to paint the incredible beauty of the Seacoast.
Christy is encouraged and supported in her work by her wonderful husband, three fantastic children, a king charles cavalier and a few chickens... in Durham, New Hampshire.