' ART IS ROMANCE ' says Chris a ' Romantic Realist' painter
Chris is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings are an expression of his 'Romantic Realist' view of life, not crafty nor painterly. From scenes of the famous Hotel California, in Todos Santos, Cabo Wabo Cantina ,Cabo San Lucas, Baja, a monk arranging flowers in a monastery in Hong Kong, a classical pianist or a vintage clothing shop, Chris's engaging style is evident in his perfected usage of the illusive color changes and natural compositions. Using landscapes as a language, Chris incorporates imagery and symbolism to his art to reflect his own unique expression.
Born into an artistic family on the east coast of Canada, Chris was surrounded by the arts from a young age. His father was a jazz musician and mother a playwright, His grandfather was an illustrator, so it never occurred to him that he couldn't do it. He assumed everyone was an artist.
This sense of inner confidence has taken Chris to places and studios around the world for more than 40 years, offering him a wide range of opportunities to hone his skills and mediums. During his travels he attended Sir George University (Concordia) Fine Arts in Montreal Canada and the Emily Carr School of Art & Design in Vancouver Canada. His works have been exhibited across Canada, the US, Mexico and Hong Kong. Numerous paintings of his may be found in many corporate collections worldwide. Some collectors include, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, James Whitmore, mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade, drag racing legend Don Prud'Homme , Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Pepsi Co. and the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit ,
He is the founder of 'International Artist Day' A special day held worldwide each Oct 25th to honor all artists. www.internationalartistday.com
As a international Canadian artist Chris spends his time at his Los Cabos , Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico studio for some of the winter months and and at his White Rock, Surrey B.C. Canada studio in the summer when not on tour.
Chris has memberships in;
'International Society of Acrylic Painters' and the 'Allied Artists of America'