Christine Rougoor is an artist born and raised on a rural farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Though multi-talented, Christine is most recognized for her artistic flare. Christine has throughout her lifetime won numerous artistic awards while attending local Niagara schools. These foreshadowing achievements became no less apparent as she continued her artistic career attending Niagara District Secondary School where she demonstrated her excelling talent winning various DSBN art competitions and receiving awards such as the Trisha Romance Award of Excellence in 2005. Upon graduation, Christine continued to pursue her artistic career attending Brock University in fall 2005.
In December 2008, during her fourth year of her Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior Honours Art and French studies, an unexpected turn of events permanently altered Christine’s life rendering her a paraplegic. Determined, Christine returned to school as a disabled student, completed her degree with first class standing, and became a newly certified Ontario teacher. Passionate about her studies Christine continued to achieve her Masters of Education exploring the professional lives of teachers with mobility challenges and ingeniously incorporating art into her research. With more determination and motivation than ever, Christine continues her profound passion for the arts and continues creating and exhibiting her work for others to enjoy.