Christine Youngquist Chappell was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved to Washington State in 1975 and engaged in a career in school psychology for more than 25 years. She resides near the Cowlitz Valley near the foothills of Mt. St. Helens. Her earliest art aspirations were formed when she was 14 years old. Intending to study German, in hopes of a career in psychology, she was assisted by her mother, who sent her abroad.
While in Paris, she witnessed famous paintings at the Louvre and in the streets. She bought two oil paintings in San Marco Square, which she continues to treasure today. In her clinical practice, she often used art as therapy and a vehicle for communication. After retirement, she pursued self-study and coursework wherever she could find it. Currently, she winters in Dunedin, Florida, where she studies and is a member of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. She has studied colored pencil techniques with the artist Melissa Miller Nice, and the calligrapher artist Linda Rend of Dunedin. She describes herself as a "fledgling", insisting every one is a potential artist who can develop skills and tune in to their inner spirit.
Currently, Christine is writing and illustrating a children's book, "Where the Butterflies Take Me". She does illustrations for local businesses. Her illustration for the Chehalis Farmer's Market was just chosen for the 2017 season for marketing. She loves to do animal and people portraits and accepts commissions. She wants to capture their personality and soul, or the interaction with their environment. Although honing colored pencil techniques for illustrative purposes, she continues to employ other mediums, beginning a journey she hopes will last a very long time. Her goal is to capture a moment to remember, an essence, reflection, hope or a dream.