Christen studied at the University of British Columbia (UBC) graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education and a focus in Visual Arts. She previously acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC in 2005, majoring in painting and photography. As a practicing artist, Christen works with many types of materials ranging from oil painting, drawing, photography and textiles. As an educator, she is very focused on creating an inclusive environment where her students can express themselves and explore their identity through artwork. Christen has a strong passion for teaching and really enjoys observing her students develop through their creative process and strengthen their technical abilities.