The variety of subject matter that Chris tackles is quite impressive. Chris moved to Kenya almost twenty years ago and immediately fell in love with its people, wildlife and landscapes. These subjects have constituted the main body of his work for the past 15 years. Additionally, Chris has found special inspiration from the Indian Ocean and has also painted a large number of seascapes depicting life on the Kenyan and Tanzanian coast.
For the past 3 years, Chris and his family have been living in Suzhou, China. This new life experience has given Chris the opportunity to paint subjects completely new to him; from an ancient Jiangsu Province canal scene to the great gorges of the Yangtze. These have introduced a new palette, fresh compositions and entirely new perspectives.
During this same time period, Chris has been introduced to Big Sky Country while re-connecting with his brother. From a number of visits to western Montana, Chris has painted a series of landscapes that he will be exhibiting at the Dana Gallery. “I thought Kenya was beautiful. Montana is simply magnificent". He plans to come away from his latest month long stay with sketches, concepts and reference for dozens of additional paintings as he explores in depth the Greater Yellowstone and Crown of the Continent Ecosystems.
Chris has also been selected as the official artist of the International Wildlife Film Festival held in Missoula, MT each May and anticipates maintaining this special relationship with Montana for years to come. Newly forged partnerships with conservation-minded organizations have enabled Chris to make important and lasting connections between his art and wildlife and have opened the window to give back to the people and habitats from which he gains so much of his inspiration.
Yet the scope of his work will not end there. Chris, his wife Vanessa and their two children, Max and Becca, will move to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates over the summer and so will begin a new chapter, both professionally and personally. Once again, another culture and unique landscapes will undoubtedly provide new inspirations to create beautiful paintings.
Recently, Chris has felt compelled to work on larger canvases which allow for greater appreciation of these magnificent landscapes and will make his upcoming works even more impactful. His preferred medium is oil on canvas but he has worked in virtually every medium during his thirty year career as a fine artist and illustrator.
25% of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to the Emarti Development Fund. This foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of living for the Emarti community through education, health, women's development and environmental conservation.