Oil Paintings by Christine Davis Mantai

About CDM

In a style that is markedly loose, my paintings show a love of oil paint's color and texture, and an inclination toward the abstract. But realism is decidedly the framework.  I began painting in 2009, after a lifetime of saying, "Maybe I'll paint when I retire." It's both a cognitive and intuitive exercise for me, and it's a challenging way to disrupt the comfort zone as I get old and grey.  

  • CDM is....
  • President, Board of Directors, WCA Home, Fredonia, NY; 
  • Member, North Shore Arts Alliance, Fredonia, NY.  
  • Past participant in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail
  • Retired; Director of Media Relations/Spokesperson; State University of New York at Fredonia 1980-2007.  
  • B.S. in Journalism; Marquette University

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Above: "Jim's Barn" and "Portrait of Deb Caruana"2015.  More paintings>>

Contact me via email at mantaicd@fredonia.edu>>


At left, is client Emily with her commissioned piece, "VanDette Children on their Vacation." This painting was developed from separate photos of the children.

I will take commissions to paint your photo or several photos reconfigured. High resolution photos are required. Prices depend on the size of the painting and the number of people in the painting, but generally, the costs range as follows:  16 x 20: $175; 18 x 24: $225; 20 x 24: $250; 24 x 30: $300.  Click on the "Some commissioned works" tab at the top of the page to see a full view of some commissioned paintings.

the two children were painted for client Linda. Again, several photos comprised the source material. 


"Farmhouse Wedding"