More To The Story: The Painter’s Tour

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It’s a customized van. She named it “Millie.” SHE……is Christiane Palpant. Who lives in Atlanta.

Christiane is a banker by trade. Well, she used to be. Now, she’s a painter.

That’s because after two years of bedrest, due to open heart surgery, Palpant decided to take her painting to a new level.

Accordingly, she will paint in every state. At least one painting in all 50 states. She plans on doing it her way!!

“I don’t copy photographs. That’s not the way I do it. My art is a mixture of watching the clouds and the sky. I’m a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Yes, there is such an organization. I paint with emotion. And then the titles come to me.”

Christiane comes by this craft honestly. Her mother is an artist. The paintings will be specific: capturing stories of women with courage. Women with compassion and creativity. The journey of life. Similar to to what she herself has experienced.

“There are beautiful stories out there that can give encouragement to people. Because life can be so hard. And these stories can fill you with hope and resilience.”

Chattanooga was her third state to paint in. 47 to go! At first, Christiane hoped to complete her work in 25 weeks. But because of a teaching job that’s popped up in Atlanta, she’s now looking at a two year time frame.

Saying at first, this expedition was a sprint. Now, it’s a marathon.
Dave Staley, News 12 Now

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