Christa Hook is a fine artist and illustrator for museums, galleries, military organisations, fiction and non-fiction publishers and private commissions.
Since serving an apprenticeship with her father, the illustrator Richard Hook, Christa has built up an extensive portfolio. She has illustrated fiction and educational titles, fairy tales and children’s stories, history and natural history books. But it is in the field of military history that Christa has built her strongest reputation, producing accurate and detailed reconstructions of battle scenes and figures. Her published work includes over 30 titles in Osprey Publishing’s Men-At-Arms, Warrior and Campaign series. For the last ten years, Christa has specialised in the Napoleonic period and the Peninsular War. This passion has developed into fine art paintings that have attracted commissions from museums and military organisations around the world. Ten of her paintings are on permanent display at the Marengo Museum, Italy. Christa has, through 30 years of weekly life drawing, developed a distinctive style of watercolour painting. Using a technique that enables her to work quickly from life, and offers her the freedom to ‘draw with the paint’, she creates vibrant portraits and scenes that, as well as being frequently exhibited, are available as commissions, original paintings, prints and stationery.