Crista began painting in oils in 1989 at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She received a Bachelors Degree of fine arts painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2000 and a Masters Degree of Fine arts Painting from New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.
Aside from participating in plein air events, she exhibits throughout the northeast. Awards and honors include "Best in Show" at Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2012 and 2014. Crista won "Honorable Mention" at Plein Air Easton 2015 and 2016 and best nocturne 2019. She won three awards including second place overall at Plein Air Annapolis 2019, Jurors Choice 2019 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, and the Stobart Foundation Award at The Mystic Seaport International Marine exhibition 2019. Plein Air Magazine included Crista as a featured artist in their December/January 2016 issue.
Crista lives and works in Nyack, NY. She is an elected member of the Lyme Art Association, as well as a member of the Oil Painters of America, Barrett Art Center, and the Garrison Art Center. and is represented by Trippe Gallery in Easton, MD, Sylvan Gallery in Wiscassett, ME, and Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.