We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what inspires you?
Inspiration for me comes from art that I can fully sink into. A painting where the longer you look at it, the more details you can see. A film that when you lose yourself in the world, you physically feel present there. It’s a wonderful feeling when you can forget about your worries and relax into a new environment created by the art around you. I want to create these worlds and feelings for others and hope the art inspires them like it inspires me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I couldn’t tell you exactly when it started, but I have always had a love for art. Being well rounded in artistic mediums was important to me, but I didn’t know how helpful this would be until I began pursuing a career in the art department for film. After I received a BFA in Fine Art, I explored the art realm within the entertainment industry. Completely in awe of the worlds that art departments could create for the big screen or TV, I knew that was where I needed my career to go. To gain experience, I worked in NYC on productions with Viacom and took a class in production design at the School of Visual Arts. None of this was easy, but there was a feeling to me that I had to keep going with it. That is when I applied to Grad School where two years later I received an MFA in Production Design. Soon after graduation, I got my current job as the Art Department Production Assistant on The Orville. Although moving from NY to CA wasn’t easy, and I miss my family and friends, making the decision to pursue this dream was the best I ever made.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have only lived in LA for about 8 months and the entire time has been during Covid, so if anyone has some good recommendations I’m all ears. However, I have been able to explore a bit and here is what I recommend. It might be tourist heavy, but the Warner Brothers tour is great. To get to explore sets and experience what it is like to be on a studio lot is something you can’t see many places. Especially one with a history like Warner Brothers. Another great place to go is the Getty Villa. It’s a beautiful museum that overlooks the ocean in Malibu. As for places to eat? One of my recent favorites is “Met Him at a Bar”. It’s an italian restaurant in Mid Wilshire with amazing food and a wonderful staff. It’s sister restaurant (also delicious) is a waffle place across the street called “Met Her at a Bar”. As you can imagine after meeting at a bar, the owners of both are husband and wife.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so lucky to be able to say my family. From day one they have always been my biggest fans. My twin sister even moved cross country to CA with me so I could pursue my dreams. She’s my best friend who is always by my side no matter what. My parents have always pushed me creatively and knew just how to help when I needed it. When an art class seemed simple and I needed to be challenged, my mom always helped me research new ones. My dad is the best handyman and has built pieces for my art to help them stand out. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of them. My family will all always be there for me and I appreciate that more than words can say.