Christine was born and raised in San Francisco. After studying interior design at the Western Design Institute (now JFK University), she established her own business, Kelly-Kirby Designs, in San Francisco. Her design experience, including her love of pattern, fabric and texture, can be seen in her work, where collage has become an increasingly important element. Christine has been a full-time artist for the last 12 years. She studied watercolor, painting and printmaking at College of Marin.