Slow Down . . .

You love your job.

. . . You're good at it and you work hard, 

"The Blue Door," One of the many mysterious little passages ways winding through the villages of Nisyros Greece.  Prints still available of this piece

"The Blue Door," One of the many mysterious little passages ways winding through the villages of Nisyros Greece.  Prints still available of this piece

. . . but does it seem like when you are not at work you're either driving to or from it?  Do you barely have time to think from one task to the next?

There is a better way.

A slower, more human pace to life,   You know because you've been there.

Remember Greece?

Maybe you vacationed there and the memory of that clear blue sky and sea is like a cool salve to your soul.  

Did you come to know yourself through knowing Greece? While walking the streets of Plato and Socrates did the past came alive for you?  

Did Greece Call You to It, Like a Homesickness You Never Knew You Had?

Or did your Yia Yia whisper to you about the sweet smell of wild flowers during spring time in the old country?

I understand. Because that's me too.

We all need a brief hiatus from our hectic days even if just for a moment.  I believe Art has the power to offer us this respite from the world.  Art can transform our mood and remind of us of what’s important. 

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I'm Christina Mehelis and I make "Art with a Greek Sensibility"

For as long as I can remember, I yearned to go to Greece and at 19, on my first ever flight in an airplane, there I was, on my way to "the old country" for a cultural studies program

A drawing from Google Earth's satellite view of Nisyros.

A drawing from Google Earth's satellite view of Nisyros.

It was a dream come true for me.  We studied the language, history, poetry, folk dance and all things Greek for 6 months.  The first part of our trip was in Athens and the second on the little known island Nisyros.  The experience profoundly changed me.  

Years later I returned to Nisyros. . .  

. . . I stayed for a month, drawing, painting, exploring the island and reconnecting with old friends.  As I explain on the Nisyros about page, I wanted to correct the negative misconceptions about this mysterious island.  I want others to see the beauty in Nisyros that I see. 

My last night on Nisyros when I was nineteen I wrote this in my journal: 

"How can I ever explain that I have fallen in love with an island, a village, a way of life?"  

I realize all these years later that I have been answering my own question through my art ever since.

If what I'm saying here resonates with you, then I encourage you to sign up for my mailing list . . .

Join me as I begin a new series of work that will take us on a pilgrimage from the streets of Mandraki, Nisyros's largest village, up through the winding pathways leading to the 17th century church Panagia Spilliani, (Virgin of the Cave).

For the love of Greece.   

Like so many others, I am concerned for the state of things in Greece and in an effort to do my part I will be donating 5% of the proceeds from the sale of the work on this site to The Philoptochos Society’s “Aid to Greece and Cyprus Program."

Full Disclosure . . . 

In the interest of full disclosure I should say that I was born Sharon Christina McNeil.  My father was of Scottish descent and my mother, Anna Mehelis, was Greek.  I have enjoyed the complexity of different cultures within me, not just Greek/Scottish but American and growing up in the beautiful Pacific North-West.  However for the work you see here on this site I am Christina Mehelis because it just sounds better with “Art with a Greek Sensibility” Don’t you think?