Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook with her sole protege Christian Corbet
Christian Corbet with Portrait Bust of Private Thomas Lawless
HRH Prince Philip viewing his portrait at Buckingham Palace
Christian Cardell Corbet was born into a family of noble and affluent ancestry for whom immersed themselves in horticulture, quarrying, theatre, fine arts, sports and patronage. The Corbet family was highly respected in Guernsey, Channel Islands, for their granite quarries for which they owned and operated. Much of the granite they quarried was blue granite which was the most sought after not only for its strong composition but also for its unique colour. Much of this granite was exported to the UK and the Continental Europe.
The Corbet family slowly transitioned from quarrying to become prolific growers of some of the finest fruits and flowers most of which were exported to Covent Garden in London, England. So prolific were Corbet’s growing operations that sometimes they would have as many as two and three crops exported annually. The vineries, which with the farming and quarrying land, measured an expansive 98 vergees 34.5 perches, encompassing a vast area of the Vale. It was here that the first glass house was built in Guernsey in 1872.
The estate not only included greenhouses for tomatoes and other fruit, but also fields containing brilliant flowers of daffodils, chrysanthemums and other flowers and most importantly several quarries to provide the water they needed for growing. The Corbet’s owned The Fruit Export Company and eventually Blue Diamond. Their growing operations were so admired that they also supplied The Royal Family with some of their exceptional produce.
On 11th July 1921, and with great honour, King George V, Queen Mary and Princess Mary requested a tour of the impressive vineries "La Landes" owned by Christian's great grand aunt Julia Louise Corbet and her husband the noted grower Henry Bichard.
During late Victorian era the Corbet family owned a sizeable amount of the tidal island in the Lé Vale (or the Vale) located in the northern part of the Guernsey. Christian’s third great grandfather Jean Thomas Corbet, Esq. (1936-1926) established the Corbet Stained Glass Windows at the Vale Methodist Church in 1917 in memory of his younger brother Helier whom was also known by the nickname “Sonny”. These impressive custom stained glass windows are believed to be the largest in the Vale. Jean Thomas was also one of the Founding Members of the Rotary Club of Guernsey. Founded in 1923 this was the first Rotary Club in the Channel Islands. He was 87 at the time of its founding.
The Corbet Family burial chamber at S. Michel de Valle Church is noted for being made of Italian marble, inserted with lead lettering all of which is uniquely and completely worded in French. Over six recorded generations of Corbet’s rest in the ancient cemetery.
One of Christian's cousins is the noted Guernsey French poet and painter Denys Corbet (1826-1909). Also a school master, farmer and engraver, Denys Corbet made several contributions of note in his writings with his two chief works being “Les Feuilles de la Foret” (The Leaves of the Forest) and “Les Chants du Drain Rimeux” (The Songs of the last Rhymster). Denys firmly believed that the unique local French language in Guernsey was vanishing and made grand efforts to revive it for posterity. Today Denys Corbet's poetry is receiving a new appreciation with his writing and fine art being studied by scholars at various universities around the world.
During the Great War several of Christian's relations fought and served in active duty in Canada, England and France. Wilfred John Corbet, Christian's great grandfather, fought in the famous Battle of Vimy Ridge. Near fatally wounded in battle in France, Wilfred John made a remarkable recovery in England, briefly returned to Guernsey to visit family, and travelled back to Canada again to resume civilian life. A unique quilt in the permanent collection of the Canadian War Museum and on public display has Wilfred Corbet’s name inscribed upon it.
Christian’s uncle William Corbet was well known both in London's Covent Garden and Guernsey, Channel Islands as the "Melon King". William became a founding member of the Guernsey Grower's Association, but one of his greatest humanitarian contributions to the island was during World War II when Guernsey was occupied by the Nazis. William ensured that much of his crops were secretively distributed to his fellow Guernseymen. Today, William Corbet and his contributions are recognized with a bronze portrait in the permanent collection of the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery.
Christian’s other Uncle John Henry Corbet held public office as a Constable of the Vale Parish and also was elected and served on the Douzaine of the Vale Parish as well as co-authoring “Livre de Perchage Fief Saint Michel Clos Du Valle”. These were positions that his younger brother, William Corbet, also served in.
Wilfred Corbet, OBE was elected a Jurat for the Royal Court and was also the benefactor of the “The Corbet Field”, Guernsey Football Club and Vale Recreation having donated the land and club house in 1932. For his contributions as a Jurat and to dedicated community work on the island Wilfred was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
William J. Corbet, a sea pilot and cousin to Christian, made his mark in history during WWII when Guernsey was occupied by the Germans. William J. orchestrated and managed to escape the island by putting away small quantities of petrol fuel weekly. He escaped with seven other family members and friends on Saturday 14th August at about 3:30PM on a misty day along the Bordeaux way in an 18 foot fishing boat that he owned. It was a moonlight night and they saw nothing until in mid-Channel when suddenly they saw two or three German E Boats about 3/4 mile eastern of them. Luckily they were not spotted until they arrived off Start Point when a British mine-sweeper came alongside of them and took them to Dartmouth, England. These were the only people to successfully escape the island during its occupation.
Another noted Corbet cousin was poet Thomas Henry Mahy (1862-1936) who wrote in Guernsey Norman-French mainly on important social events. One of his best known poems is the farcical work "Nico at la Musique". His best known poetic writing is the 30 stanza poem describing the Royal Visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Guernsey. His life's work of poetry was published in 1922 under the title "Les Dires et les Pensers du Courtil Poussin".
Of geographical significance the "Corbet Rock" located in “The Swinge” off the coast of Alderney, Channel Islands is an ancient set of treacherous high blade-like pinnacle rocks that have been named after the Corbet Family. Many a vessel have feared these dangerous sharp hidden rocks!
With such ancient roots and history in the Channel Islands the Corbet legacy can still be felt to this very day.
The Gould family on Christian's paternal side have roots going back to Wales, England and Ireland. Many of his ancestors were actors and musicians in the United Kingdom. Christian's 3rd great grandfather Gould was the designer and stone mason who erected the massive plinth for the famous "Cleopatra's Needle" in London, England.
Christian’s 2nd great grandfather J. Gould was a respected businessman in London. His son, Christian’s great grandfather, Frederick James Gould’s godfather was the Archbishop of Canterbury Randall Thomas Davidson, 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth GCVO, PC. F.J. Gould was a librarian by profession but also performed as an amateur singer and comedian. In 1911 he was honoured to perform the national anthem "God Save the King" during a procession for King George V in London. His great, great grandmother Charlotte Gould and 2nd great aunt Florence Philbrook were both entertainers namely Charlotte a pianist and aunt Florence also a singer and comedian respectively who traveled across England performing. Following the Gould family’s move to Canada in 1913 they family would take to the stage at the Canadian National Exhibition.
A great grand Uncle Alfred George Gould served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Etaples, France. During a severe bombing raid by the Germans in 1917 he successfully rescued several patients from their beds and removed them to safety. His heroic accomplishment went without reward as he died shortly after WWI from pneumonia.
His great uncle John Gould was an artist in his own right who was once asked to join the team of artists with Walt Disney. John Gould's son was to go on to study commercial design at the Ontario College of Art later creating the CFL logo among other notable commercial designs.
Christian's grandfather on his maternal side of the family Leonard Stevens was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who was fluent in 13 instruments and played in several orchestras including the famous Guy Lombardo Royal Canadians. Christian himself was taught to play the violin by his grandfather.
Budding Young Artist
By the early age of 3 Christian was exemplifying a strong ability and inclination towards drawing and creating figures that were very well advanced for his age. Seen here are four early examples of Corbet's pen drawings from age 3 years that his Grandma-ma Corbet preserved.
An assessment in 1996 by an early childhood specialist stated that "These early drawings by Christian Corbet at age 3 years proves that the he had very strong visual and motor skills for his age. In fact there is a definite sign from most children of the same age category to not even remotely be capable of drawing a complete box with definite lines creating any such image even that of a face until around their fifth year." Ref. "The Developmental Test of Visual, Motor and Integration".
His paternal grandparents fostered Christian's interest in drawing with his grandfather teaching him how to create commercial designs on a grand scale. By the age of fourteen Christian was stricken with acute Asthma and found himself unable to participate in physical sports and activities as he used too. Christian's “Grandma-ma” or “Alice” as he also called her, whom he had an extraordinarily close relationship with, encouraged her grandson to continue practicing his fine art. By the age of 15 Christian received his first commercial commission for a major leading restaurant chain. By this time Corbet was residing at the Beach House with his grandparents primarily due to an abusive home life. His “escape” from his parents life came when neighbours and other family complained as to the poor treatment Christian was receiving by his parents. His grandparents removed their grandson from his childhood home and insisted that he live with them on a permanent basis. This was to be the beginning of a very exhilarating and fruitful time for the budding young artist.
In the 1980's Christian turned his interests to modeling and worked part-time as a runway and layout model for many top designers of the day. Later Christian left his modeling career due to the ill health of his grandfather and spent the next several months spending precious time with him. A few years later Christian enrolled at the University of Guelph where he studied under New York artist June Clark-Greenburg. In theatre he studied under the renowned Canadian Playwright Judith Thompson.
In January of 1994 Christian set up his first studio in Vancouver and studied the works of many great local artists such as Jack Shadbolt and Bill Reid. Still Christian was caught between two and three dimensional art and found both disciplines equally enticing. Christian went on to practice painting with an emphasis on landscapes exploring the many influences that Western Canada had made upon him. By early 1995 Christian realized that to him it was not the landscape that made Canada what it is, but the people who inhabit the land.
Christian then turned his talents to the challenging discipline of portraiture. While Christian was moving his career disciplines towards portraiture he maintained an interest in abstract and non-objective art and created a number of works that are now housed in private and permanent collections around the world. Many of these works were influenced by the likes of Alexandra Luke and Isabel McLaughlin both artists for whom the family knew.
In the spring of 1995 international artistic success was achieved when Christian's oil portrait painting titled: "Elizabeth Holding Her Ribbon" was acquired by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. On 4th July of the same year Christian accepted an invitation to present the painting at Clarence House in London, the private residence of the Queen Mother. The visit to Clarence House with Christian's cousin Susan Spraget resulted in a private tour of the Queen Mother's impressive residence and there he viewed some of the Queen Mother's important collection of art works, antiques and other objects d'art. During a walk around a corner in Clarence House Christian tripped slightly over two of The Queen Mother’s pet Corgi’s dog bowls; an amusing if not embarrassing impression to make!
At the same time Christian was undertaking research on the history of portraiture in Canada when he recognized that Canada had a strong need for a professional establishment to be created in order to promote portraiture in the nation. On March 7th, 1996 on the occasion of his Grandma-ma Corbet's birthday, The Canadian Portrait Academy was founded. Within a month many of Canada's leading portrait artists joined the Academy. Today Christian's founding of the CPA stands as an important institution for profiling Canadian and international portrait artists and sparked a chain of similar organizations to be created across Canada.
In 1996 Christian became the sole protégé to the acclaimed Canadian portrait sculptor Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook, CM, ONT (1913-2009) which continued until 2003. Christian studied privately under Dr. Holbrook with a focus on portrait relief work, medallic arts, portrait busts and figural work.
Since then Christian has aided in assisting Dr. Holbrook in having some of her sculptures inducted into important collections worldwide. One such portrait sculpture was a bronze bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1998 that was acquired by the Queen and placed into The Royal Collection.
By mid 1998 Christian had curated his first two exhibitions in Vancouver, the most important being the First Annual Exhibition of The Canadian Portrait Academy which was opened by a formal letter of recognition from His Excellency Governor General Romeo Leblanc and praised by art historian and author Joan Murray.
Come the new Millennium and with Christian's career advancing it was determined that a move back to Eastern Canada and set up studio would be beneficial. With this closer proximity to Europe Christian was embarking on a career move that would establish him considerably more overseas.
This transition has proved to be exceptionally successful. The popularity of Christian's art medals and other sculptures has led to his work being collected by some of the foremost national museums and art galleries in both North America and Europe including the Numismatic Museum Athens, Greece for which Christian is the first Canadian artist to have an art medal inducted into their permanent collection. In fact he is the first Canadian artist to be represented in several important international art galleries, museums and institutions.
In 2006 Christian visited Guernsey to continue to research his ancestry. Upon his arrival he found that as patriarch of the Corbet family he was exceptionally and warmly welcomed by both family and islanders alike.
In 2007 Christian donated his notable collection of rare Guernsey Pottery to the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery. In the same year Christian had a solo art exhibition at his ancestral church, S. Michel du Valle (Vale Church) with what is believed to be the first time the ancient building of worship was used for such an event. 100% of all sales made during the exhibition benefitted the Vale Parish. This event was opened by the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Geoffrey Rowland and the Vice Dean of Guernsey. Honours bestowed onto Christian in his 2007 visit to the island included being named a “Honourary Campanologist” at the Vale Church, a special choral by the Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society, and a rare Quarter Peal with the Vale Church bells being rung for 45 minutes consecutively. This is generally only reserved for Royalty and dignitaries visiting the island.
In 2008 Christian held a one person art exhibition titled "Grenfell Gala and Anniversary Exhibition" which celebrated 25 years since the opening of the Grenfell Interpretation Centre in remote and historic St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador. For this occasion Christian created original designs for new hooked mats and rugs that were publicly auctioned off raising a handsome sum for the centre. For his generous patronage Christian was awarded a “Lifetime Honourary Membership of the Grenfell Historical Society”. In the same year Christian was to produce two important authorized portraits; the first of Sir Wilfred Grenfell and the second of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill for the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. For the latter two smaller maquettes of the initial bronze study of the Churchill medallion were presented by the Churchill Society to Sir Winston's daughter The Lady Mary Soames and to the Hon. Celia Sandys, Sir Winston's granddaughter.
In 2008 Christian underwent DNA testing and the results concluded that he belonged to the mtDNA haplogroup H. with the mitochondrial DNA sequence of 16519C. This placed him in with the same genetic sequence as Marie Antoinette and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia, Empress Consort of all the Russia’s. The latter was the daughter of Princess Alice and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
In 2009 Christian was met with serious illness and hospitalized for a hole in his lung which was successfully treated. Despite being ill he continued to sculpt and paint and prepared himself for an international group exhibition in England. During this recuperation period he received word that his much beloved and revered mentor Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook, CM had passed away at age 95. The loss of his friend and great mentor left Christian bereft. Just prior to Dr. Holbrook's passing Christian had completed a liturgical portrait his mentor had asked Christian to complete. The large bisque relief was completed just days before Dr. Holbrook died. In 2009 Christian donated “Glory Be – Madonna and Child” to St. John's Anglican Church in Ancaster, Ontario in Dr. Holbrook’s memory.
In May 2009 a special centenary exhibition honouring the life and work of the poet and painter was held at the Forest Douzaine. For this special occasion Christian created a portrait painting, fine art portrait medallion and a portrait bust of Denys Corbet all which were placed into various permanent public institutions to honour Denys Corbet.
In the summer of 2009 Christian travelled to his ancestral home of Guernsey, Channel Islands where at the Priaulx Public Library Sir Geoffrey Rowland, Bailiff of Guernsey unveiled Christian's portrait painted of him at a solo art exhibition to benefit the institution. Sir Geoffrey officially opened the art exhibition and donated the portrait. Christian made a handsome donation to the Priaulx Library following sales from the show.
In 2009 Christian's 1998 authorized portrait of internationally renowned author Margaret Atwood was published on the front cover of Dr. Ellen McWilliams’s book "Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman". In the same year Christian also exhibited some of his textile art at the Bradford Industrial Museum, England. He was the first and only Canadian male to have been juried into the exhibition.
2010 proved to be a most exciting year for Mr. Corbet who created several important portraits of international subjects; one such portrait was of the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, cousin to HRH Prince Philip. This portrait he created for one of the Countess's charities "The Children's Foundation" for which she unveiled at a public ceremony. In the same year Christian created a portrait of his late colleague sculptor Leo Mol among others.
Also in 2010 Christian completed his forensic facial reconstruction of an Egyptian mummy for the University of Western Ontario for the Royal Ontario Museum. The sculpture is a life-size portrait attesting to Christian's ability to create both true forensic scientific and artistic elements to high standards of accomplishment.
Christian then commenced the second stage of his independent research on the forensic facial reconstruction of War of 1812 hero Sir Isaac Brock. This project is an extensive study into what a full frontal portrait of Sir Isaac Brock more accurately looked like. With no frontal period portraits of Brock available forensic studies where painstakingly researched by various forensic and mechanical means and both craniolateral and craniofrontal portraits studies were created. The completed portrait resides in a private collection. In the same year Christian was commissioned and created a portrait of General James Wolfe for the National Trust, England. This acquisition is a rare exception to their acquisitions where a contemporary art works are not acquired into the National Trust's Permanent Collection.
2010 continued to be a productive and successful year for Christian as he created a portrait of Sir Charles Kingsmill, the first Admiral and founder of the Royal Canadian Navy for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RCN. On 3rd January 2011 Christian presented the portrait bust of Vice Admiral Charles Kingsmill to the Department of National Defence Headquarters where he was invited by Vice Admiral McFadden to unveil the portrait bust. The Vice Admiral's response was of great gratitude where Christian enjoyed a breakfast invitation with the Admiral. Christian was later presented with a special medallion from Vice Admiral McFadden.
January 2011 commenced with great news; two and a half years following Christian’s forensic facial reconstruction of an unnamed WWI soldier referred to as the “Avion I Project” the Department of National Defence announced the subject was positively identified as Pte. Thomas Lawless of the 49th Battalion of the Edmonton Regiment. Christian was granted a mere 3 days to complete the post forensic facial reconstruction stage (or artistic stage) of the portrait bust of Pte. Lawless. Armed with his protégé Benjamin Trickett Mercer, Christian immediately went to work on the final stages of this historical project. The total amount of time to complete this assignment for the Department of National Defence was between 25 - 30 hrs. The end result was met with great enthusiasm from Christian's collegues as well as the Irish relatives of Pte. Lawless.
In March 2011 Christian received a formal invitation to the funeral and interment of Pte. Lawless. The full military burial took place on 15th March in Avion, France not far from where Pte. Lawless' remains were located in 2003. Dignitaries from both the French and Canadian Governments attended the historical event and a fitting 36 gun salute was performed at La Chaudière Military Cemetery. At the internment Christian was granted special permission ahead of the Press Line where he drew and painted several images of the military funeral. Immediately following the internment, Christian laid a floral tribute on the grave of Pte. Lawless on behalf of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2011 Christian created an international campaign to save 8 large relief sculptures from the former Federal Building in Hamilton, Ontario. His work and dedication to preserving the works of his mentor Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook proved successful and in February the developer agreed to save the art works and donated them to the City of Hamilton. Christian was a guest of the City of Hamilton and Vrancor Corp. and lectured on the art and career of his late mentor and the importance of the preservation of art.
In early 2012, Christian commenced creating 2 extraordinary heraldic beasts', an endeavour of which is a new discipline for him. As well this year he has created a portrait of Thomas Joseph Simpson, DSM, a WWII Navy hero; General Crerar; and most importantly, the first known forensic facial reconstruction of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, which has been gifted to Guernsey, Channel Islands.
The forensic sculpture of Sir Isaac Brock received much acclaim and letters from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Speaker of the Senate, and the Minister of Heritage and Official Languages, among others which were received by Christian, lauding him for this historical first.
In August, Christian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in early October he was granted armorial bearings (coat of arms and badge) by the Canadian Heraldic Authority; a fine testament to the many accomplishments in Corbet's career.
In October 2012 the Royal Canadian Navy bestowed upon Christian the honorific title of "Sculptor in Residence - Royal Canadian Navy". This was the first time the Royal Canadian Navy has created such a title within the Navy. In a ceremony on October 17th of the same year at the Maritime Command Museum - Canada Forces Base Stratacona, Admiral Gardam along with a WWII WRCNS veteran, unveiled a portrait of Captain Adelaide Sinclair, OC, OBE. Captain Sinclair was the first Canadian woman to be appointed Captain of the WRENS.
In 2012 Christian was commissioned by The Royal Canadian Regiment to sculpt a life-size and a half portrait bust of HRH The Prince Philip, KG, KT. The commission was to celebrate the 60th year of the Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel in Chief of The RCR. In the spring of 2013 sittings took place at Buckingham Palace with an official unveiling on 26th June 2013 at Canada House. London, UK. Due to hospitalization and Prince Philip not being able to attend the unveiling, HM The Queen appointed HRH, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent to unveil the portrait. Following the unvieling the Duke of Kent formally declared Christian as the first "Regimental Sculptor of The Royal Canadian Regiment" and was presented with a ceremonial gift.
In 2013 Christian sculpted a portrait of Rear Admiral Leonard Murray a WWII hero who headed the entire Atlantic fleet during the war years. This portrait was officially unveiled at the Battle of Atlantic Galla at the Canadian War Museum by the Minister of National Defence the Hon. Peter MacKay and Associate Minister of National Defence Kerry-Lynn Findlay, PC, QC, MP including Vice Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy Paul Maddison. Over 500 guests witnessed this event.
Also in 2013 Christian was commissioned to sculpt life portraits of then Canada's oldest living Vice Admiral Ralph L. Hennessy then aged 95, and the world famous Neuro Psychologist Dr. Brenda Milner also aged 95. In 2014 Christian sculpted Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire, OC, CMM GOQ, MSC, CD in the Parliament Buildings. In June a lecture and public unveiling of his portrait bust of Pte. Thomas Lawless took place at the National Museum of Ireland. This marked the first time in the museum's history that a Canadian artist is represented with a forensic sculpture; one that is now on permanent display. In the same year Christian was invited to “Broomhall” in Scotland for life-sittings with the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine. Following Christian was granted yet again another private audience with HRH The Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace for the unveiling of the Duke of Edinburgh's portrait which was inducted into the Royal Collection. Corbet was accompanied by Col. Aitcheson, Patrons of The Royal Canadian Regiment Judith Irving, Mike Holmes and General Jonathan Vance now the Chief of Defence Staff. In December of 2014 Christian commenced a forensic facial reconstruction of a famous King which will be publicly unveiled in March 2017.
In 2015 The National Capital Commission acquired an edition of his portrait bust of HRH The Prince Philip into the Crown Collection. This is the first portrait bust of the Duke of Edinburgh to be collected by the Canadian Government. Later in the year Christian expanded his studio from one space to three; the former guest house at “Broadmoor Manor” is now a summer studio which is used not only by the artist himself but also visiting artists too; some have come as far away as China to practice their art. An additional casting room was also established in the back wing of “Broadmoor Manor”.
In June of 2016 Corbet and his protégé Lukas France commenced an intensive restoration on the former Federal Building in Hamilton, Ontario on 8 relief stone panels created by his late mentor Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook. 2016 also brought two important life-sittings with The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada as well as General Vance, Chief of Defence Staff. A public unveiling of his portrait of WWI hero Leander Green was had at the Canadian War Museum with over 500 guests in attendance. Later in the year Christian was a Guest of Honour at a second unveiling of the Leander Green portrait bust in Newfoundland and Labrador. Later he was invited to a private luncheon with the Lt. Governor at Government House.
In April of 2016 Corbet embarked on a radical change in his painting and moved back into studying the Canadian landscape this time in mixed media. His colours exploded and he has broken away from much of what he was taught, in essence un-teaching himself, as an artist. His paintings have proved to become most popular with one having been acquired by the Chinese Government among many other collectors.
Currently Christian is set to do a major restoration work on a monument sculpture that his mentor the late Dr. Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook created in 1967 for Canada’s 100th birthday. In all eight relief sculptures will be restored by Christian and his protégé Lukas France in the spring. In June and September he will be Artist in Residence in Cape Breton where he will be sculpting a portrait of Alexander Graham Bell to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Among this and other activities Christian is dividing his time and work schedule as "Sculptor in Residence - Royal Canadian Navy", "Regimental Sculptor - The Royal Canadian Regiment" and "Forensic Artist in Residence - University of Western Ontario".
He is also Patron to several organizations and charities. A vegan and lover of nature, Christian continues his art, patronage, mentoring emerging artists while continuing to write two books. On his time off he maintains a healthy fitness regime, relaxes with family and friends enjoying time with his rescue companions; two dogs, four cats and a pet chipmunk!