I want to give a brief introduction of my brand name, share a little of my heart and the purpose & vision behind what I do.
I am Christine Burney, an illustrator and (developing) writer from northwest Texas. I specialize in creating fun, simple, vibrant designs that connect people in various ways. I attended Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Atlanta as well as Savannah College of Art in Atlanta, where I studied Illustration.
I chose the name Pristine Illuminations because I wanted to find a fun way to tie my brand & my name (Christine) in a creative way, but the more I study these words, it feels like SO MUCH MORE – as if it’s an embodiment of my highest pursuit in life: purity, originality, clarity, untouched beauty – it’s something I aim for in all my work.
1: belonging to the earliest period or state : ORIGINAL the hypothetical pristine lunar atmosphere 2a: not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) : PURE a pristine forest b: fresh and clean as or as if new
1: the action of illuminating or state of being illuminated: such as a: spiritual or intellectual enlightenment b(1): a lighting up (2): decorative lighting or lighting effects c: decoration by the art of illuminating 2: the luminous flux per unit area on an intercepting surface at any given point 3: one of the decorative features used in the art of illuminating or in decorative lighting
I chose the word Illuminations from my study of the history of illustration in the Medieval time period – back in these days, before the printing press was invented in Europe in the mid-1400’s, books (or illuminated manuscripts) were handwritten and decorated, often by monks until around the 12th, since many illuminated manuscripts were devoted to religious works. As universities rose, non-religious scribes worked to copy text and illuminators created lovely illustrations (illuminations) for text.
Illumination (from the Latin luminare (to light up) included the use of real gold, silver and vibrant colors to embelllish decorated letters, illustrative borders and scenes that literally glowed because of their use of precious metal. After watching the movie, “The Secret of Kells,” a brilliant Irish animated film about the lives of the monks who created the Book of Kells, I knew that there was a reason that I chose illustration (modern day illumination) over other fields like graphic design. I’m finding a calling in illuminating truth – especially truth I learn through encountering the goodness of God – using illustration.
Together Pristine Illuminations embodies the heart and aim of all my work – to reveal an unsullied truth & beauty behind the treasures of everyday life, in a vibrant manner.
Many, if not every single one of us, at one point or another in our lives, see everyday life as something to “get through,” the place we never feel we’re where we want to be, etc. But, the truth is, there are treasures hidden for us everywhere in our lives, for us to seek & find.
Wherever You Are
Right now, I am very much on this journey of learning to see my everyday life as a treasure, after landing back in my hometown of Borger, TX after over a decade living elsewhere with the Army (Korea, Savannah, Iraq) and then, school (Atlanta). In this town, it can be admittedly a challenge to see life as hidden treasure rather than an endless circle of the same old stuff with the same people, doing the same things over and over again. As Mary Engelbreit (my favorite illustrator) says “Life is just so daily.”
However, I am actively seeking to see my life in this place (or wherever I may end up) with presence, zooming in to see the many treasures all around, with gratefulness (like my family & good friends!) and receive the process of coming back to where I grew up gracefully without losing what I’ve gained in my time out in the world.
I would love for this blog to be a source of visual inspiration as well as a place where I can process, share good news, and some other beautiful findings. Everything in life can reveal truth – I’d love for you to join me on my journey to seek and find good things right here in real, normal, everyday life! Welcome.