Christine Wells
During their interview, writer Jennifer Moore and artist Christine Wells tried on each other’s clothes. Above, Christine wears an upcycled flannel top that Jennifer purchased from the boutique Drift in Portsmouth. photo by Jennifer Moore

Style Q’s: Christine Wells

A conversation with a stylish local artist who is free as a bird

Editor’s note: Style Q’s is a column in which sustainable style blogger Jennifer Moore, aka Recovergirl, chats with stylish Seacoast people. First up is 67-year-old artist Christine Wells of Eliot, Maine. (This interview has been condensed and edited.)

What’s your occupation?
Artist. I am in the process of painting the invisible. I feel my works are very healing and the colors that I choose to use, to me, send the most peaceful, bright, vibrational energies out to the community.

What is your dream job?
Living in the now.

How would you describe your personal style?
No one has ever said to me they like my style. I’m free as a bird. I pick clothing because they speak to me. As an artist, I’m attracted to color and texture.

Christine Wells (photo by Jennifer Moore)

photo by Jennifer Moore

Tell me about your look, head to toe:

Your hair? I found a woman at a local salon. I told her I wanted to add a streak of copper color on top to represent a brilliant idea. It has since grown out. I feel strongly about the color copper. When I paint a shaman into a painting the shaman has copper hair.

Your glasses? They are from France. I thought I looked very Parisian in them.

Your shirt and pants? The feel of the fabric when I purchase things is vitally important. I do not have anything on my skin that is too tight or too itchy. I wear my clothes loose and flexible. Just like me. My shirt is on loan to me from my artist friend Bess Cutler. I was so attracted to it that she let me have it. I will return it to her someday.

Your footwear? My garden clogs? They just happened.

What are staples in your wardrobe?

Which actor would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
Isabella Rossellini

Describe an outfit you wore for a special occasion that you really loved.
I had the most beautiful strapless black tea-length dress. It looked like Chanel. I wore it with the most beautiful bead necklace. I had dinner with the director, Walter C. Miller. I was 34. He was older. I looked stunning. He asked me to marry him.

What did you say?
No. He was too Hollywood. I chose art.

Describe an article of clothing in your wardrobe that you love.
My black v-neck cashmere sweater turns me on.

What is something you love about your body?
The willingness of it to do what I want it to do for 67 years.

In what ways do you practice sustainable style?
I shop where Bess Cutler takes me. She takes me to thrift stores all over. The last thing I bought new was a scarf and that was three years ago.


Reading? New York Times Arts section
Watching? Housewives of wherever. Seriously? Seriously.
Listening? Jazz and classical music
Following? No.