Christine Neill was born in 1947 in Needham, MA. Her family moved to suburban Hartford, Ct where she grew up in a family with two brothers. considerable emphasis was placed on outdoor activities, including hiking and beaching. Both her parents and brothers pursued scientific professions whereas Neill initially studied biology at Skidmore College, before changing her major to art. She discovered there was a natural transition from examing biological processes in a lab to to examining the material by way of visual process such as paintings, prints and photography. Neillgraduated with a BS in Art in 1969. That same year she moved to Baltimore to study with Grace Hartigan at MICA’s Hoffberger School of Paintingwhere she earned an MFA in 1971, She taught at regional colleges before accepting a full time appoint at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1981.

Neill and her Graphic Designer husband, Lew Fifield, divide their time between Baltimore and New Hampshire and travel regularly within the US and to Europe. Her adult son Mather lives with his family in Columbia, MD.
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