An eye and passion for art
Christine Whaling not only has a good eye for spotting something worthy, she appreciates everything she sees.
“I have always been passionate about art and collectibles ever since I can remember,” said Christine.
Art is her calling. Christine achieved her bachelor’s degree in art history from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her master’s degree in art history and art world practice from the University of Glasgow and Christie’s Education in London. While pursuing her studies, she attended auctions.
“I was fascinated by the sheer variety of objects and the fast pace commanded by the saleroom,” she said. “That’s when I knew I wanted to be on the commercial side of the art world.”
Christine began her career at Christie’s working in London and New York as an intern in the antiquities department. She moved up over the years, and most recently, she was the trust, estate and private client group manager for the Rocky Mountain region for Hindman Denver. She recently launched her own business after a decade of experience working for auction houses.
“When I left New York, my goal was to bring my experience and expertise back to Colorado to connect the community to the larger, global art market,” added Christine. “It’s something I am very passionate about and continues to be one of my core values.” Christine loves a lot about her work, but mainly it is the people she meets.
She owns Christine Whaling Art Advisory LLC and is an art advisor and appraiser. As an advisor, Christine helps her clients buy, sell and manage their collections. On the appraisal side, as a member of ISA (International Society of Appraisers), she provides USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant appraisal reports for a variety of purposes like insurance, estate and financial planning.
“I feel privileged to hear my client’s stories about their collection. It is personal and each story is unique,” said Christine. “While it can be viewed as an investment, often there is a sentimental value tied to art and collectibles. Perhaps you purchased it because it was something you always wanted, maybe it was acquired with a loved one and it brings back fond memories, or it might be a cherished heirloom passed down through generations.”
No surprise, Christine enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time. She grew up in Highlands Ranch, so Douglas County has long been her home. When she moved back to Colorado, she met her husband Jeff and the couple have lived in the 80108 community for the last four years with their two corgis. They enjoy traveling and most recently, the couple visited Hawaii, Scotland, England and France.
By Karen Leigh, photo courtesy of Christine Whaling