Nature has long been the subject of Christine Neill's large mixed-media paintings. She grew up in New England and after initially studying Biology at Skidmore College, graduated with a BS in Art She found it was a natural transition from the examination of living things in a lab to visualizing those processes as imagery in paintings and prints. She dates her interest in the effects of climate conditions to early studies of biotic habitats. She earned a MFA at MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting, where she studied with Grace Hartigan.