Christine Karron speaks four languages, but her favourite way of telling a story is through the pictures she creates. The Red Deer resident, who’s becoming known for her Fairies colouring books and children’s illustrations, was born in Estonia and moved at age 16 to Germany. She was raised in a family that encouraged creativity. Karron recalled her grandma, a gifted artist, “used to hold my hand to teach me to draw when I was a baby.… In my family (art) was something normal.” “I never thought of doing anything else,” she admitted.
Karron was accepted into the Tallinn Art School for Children in Estonia. She later graduated from a technical high school focusing on art and design in Germany. Although she intended to take visual arts at university, Karron realized she was already earning a living as a freelance illustrator for advertising and publishing firms. So, she instead opted to establish her art career — a journey that continued after she moved to Canada with her husband and three children in 2008.
Alberta proved a great fit for the artist, who loves the countryside and “nice” people here. To connect to the local artistic community, Karron joined the Red Deer Arts Council. She’s created public art projects, including murals of famous musicians on The Krossing nightclub, and popular art demonstration videos that have thousands of YouTube views. Using traditional media — watercolours, coloured pencils and acrylic paint — she conjures fantasy subjects from her imagination. Often she will wake up with ideas for new projects and characters. Among them is Benny Blue Rabbit, the hero of her children’s stories.
Karron experiments with different styles and techniques, selling her eclectic paintings and prints online. Her work can also be viewed at Red Deer’s A+ Art Gallery located in the Imperial Block, downtown Red Deer.