As an artist, nature and emotions are what inspire Christa Marquez. She was drawn to Taos, New Mexico, where she calls home, for its abundant natural energies and inspiring mountain vistas. Marquez specializes in ink on paper, white-line woodcut prints and large abstract works made with natural elements. She received her BFA from The University of Kansas and is currently pursuing her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Marquezhas enjoyed opportunities as Artist-inResidence with The Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice, Italy and Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC. She received the Romanos Rizk Scholarship from The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) Provincetown, MA to study white line printing with Kathryn Smith. Marquez was also a visiting artist in the "Beyond our Natural Borders" program in Little Rock, Arkansas. Marquez spent the first part of her art career as a package designer and illustrator. Now as a fine artist and art educator, she brings years of teaching experience from The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Harwood Museum of Art and The University of New Mexico. She gained printmaking experience from positions with Penland School of Crafts,The Provincetown Art Association and Museum School, and historic print experience from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Marquez draws from her own experience with the healing effects of art when leading her meditative-style art courses. Through ink techniques and a foundation of work in her sketchbooks, she is inspiredbysensory experiences, readings and meditation asa method for self discovery. It is Marquez's passion to create artworks that communicate emotion through non-verbal expression. Marquez is a member of "Pressing On" a Taos group of select printmakers. Her other inspirations are travel, art and natural history. She is represented by Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts and The Taos Art Museum. Marquez has exhibited in New Mexico, Washington DC, North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts.