Christina Tarkoff Oil Paintings

Every Painting Tells A Story

Shows & Honors Include:

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"Women Who Shatter Barriers," 2018 Honorable Mention, Manayunk Roxborough Art  Center Annual Juried Show.


I am very proud to have my continuing series of "Women Who Shatter Barriers" recognized by the juror as impactful and insightful.

So many proud and courageous women stood up to tell their stories during 2018. It made me think about the many strong women throughout history who paved the way for those of us today. The women of 2018 inspired me to create this series. I hope you see these paintings and find inspiration in your own life from these extraordinary women.

Please let me know if there is an extraordinary woman that you would like to see as part of this series. I'd love to hear your suggestions!


Cover, "Philadelphia Stories," Winter 2018.

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The Winter edition of "Philadelphia Stories," in collaboration with the Free Library of Philly's "One Book, One Philadelphia" celebrates the 2018 selection, "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson. "Philadelphia Stories" Winter Edition features "Another Brooklyn's" theme of how music is embedded into the stories of folk's daily lives.  My painting, "Music in Rittenhouse Square," has been chosen as the Cover Image!  

The launch event was held at the Free Library's Rittenhouse branch, The Philadelphia Institute, January 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm. My painting, along with the other artwork from "Philadelphia Stories" was on exhibit until February 10, 2018 at the Philadelphia Institute.




Recipient - 2017 Knight Foundation/ Free Library of Philadelphia's Cultureshare Honorari

"Dancing at Rittenhouse Square" 2017, Oil on stretched canvas, 18x24

"Dancing at Rittenhouse Square" 2017, Oil on stretched canvas, 18x24

"Rittenhouse Square" (etching) by Eleanor Banks from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Print and Picture Collection

"Rittenhouse Square" (etching) by Eleanor Banks from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Print and Picture Collection

Free Library of Philadelphia's Cultureshare Honorarium
One of my proudest accomplishments! "Dancing at Rittenhouse Square," is the recipient of the Knight Foundation's Cultureshare Honorarium.

The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong Philadelphia roots. They invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. They believe great art connects people to places and to each other; they support art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that are authentic to each community.

My "Dancing at Rittenhouse Square" painting is paired with a WPA era etching by Eleanor Banks (pictured above), which currently resides in the Free Library's permanent collection.

"Cultureshare is a free, subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art, music, writing, and performance in conversation with existing holdings of the Free Library. The objectives include removing the financial and logistical barriers traditionally needed to consume art, highlighting voices of culture makers across diverse communities, encouraging engagement with the Free Library as a cultural institution, and supporting working artists in Philadelphia through funding and exposure."