Location: United States
Chris attained a BFA in painting and two dimensional design from Harford Art School in 1973 and found work in the advertising field for the last 40 years. After raising four daughters, she returned to her passion and works in pastels and oils. She is the Past-President of the CT Pastel Society where she also holds Signature Artist Membership. Chris is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member at Lyme Art Association, Academic Artists of America. Other memberships are with CT Women Artists, Salmagundi Club NYC, and numerous other art organizations.
Chris has won numerous awards and has paintings in private collections throughout New England. Her paintings were chosen by the International Association of Pastel Societies as one of eight finalists worldwide in two of the IAPS cover competition and placed First in Pastels in the 2007 Richeson 75 Landscape Show, WI. Her paintings "Red on 5th" and "Salt" were chosen as two of Pastel Journal's Top 100.
She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle of Pastelists. She was juried into PaintAmerica's Top 100 Artists for 2008 & 2010 with shows that traveled the country for two years visiting Galleries and Museums. Chris has been published in Best of American Artists Pastel Edition, Practiqué des Arts (a French publication featuring artists from around the world), American Art Collector Magazine and was honored with the Art Spirit Foundation Silver Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She recently took Best in Show Awards at Connecticut Women Artists Juried Exhibit and at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Chris and her husband David live in Central Connecticut.
As a lover of light and color, I enjoy painting everyday scenes that sparkle with contrast.
“Finding what lies between the shadows of darkness and reflective lights is what drives my excitement to paint the night. Explorations of the colors that are imperceptible to the naked eye are endless.
When that barely visible layer collides with light, the creativity begins! Pigments, transitions and reflections all play their part. My goal is to have my viewers fall into that world to discover what they normally wouldn’t take time to see.”