Christina Goodman - Handpainted Miniatures and Jewelry


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Christina Goodman was born in Pisa, Italy, to American parents. She grew up near Washington D.C. and New Orleans, attended Colorado College, and received a studio art degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Christina later moved to New York where she studied fashion design and worked for several years as a decorative artist specializing in gilding and painted finishes.

Christina began her design business in 1990. Her knowledge of decorative art and her passion for Renaissance painting merged into the creation of her own line of hand painted miniatures and jewelry. She continues to study and utilize 14th - 16th century gilding and painting techniques, as well as Renaissance frame design.


"I compose and paint the miniatures using references from a collection of art books as well as museum visits. I am particularly drawn to the landscapes and details in paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Dosso Dossi and Jan Van Eyck.

To produce the miniature images, I use very fine brushes, good lighting and a magnifier. I use acrylic paint as it dries quickly and allows me to work on a small scale.

paint brush

The frame designs for the one of a kind polyptychs and tabernacles are also based on Renaissance styles. I design and build the frames with wood using miniature moldings and a centuries old water gilding technique. The result is well worth the labor-intensive process. In the end, I hope to capture the luminosity of Renaissance painting in miniature."

Christina in studio


Craft Council show features charms for Charm City, Baltimore Sun, February 2014

Narrative illusion: Jewelry from painting, Metalsmith, Spring 2012

Sheds in miniature, Debra Prinzing, November 2010

DesignCraft Heroine, Handful of Salt, October 2010

There's art in these crafts, Contra Costa Times, August 2010

A.Word.A.Day,, March 2009

Architectural Digest Russia, June 2008

Intimate Art, Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice, June 2008

500 Pendants & Lockets, Lark Books, New York, 2008

Art Across The Bay, Diablo Magazine, August 2007

Artist's Workshop: Renaissance Woman, Home Companion, October-November 2005

Where & When, Washingtonian, April 2003

Craft of Northern California, Alcove Books, Berkeley, 2002

Christina Goodman: A Wearable Art, Ornament, Summer 1999