Inspiration can appear in many different ways! Chris found hers when she moved to Charleston, SC from the mid-west. The hues of the ocean, the colors of the sunsets, and the many incredible landscapes and wildlife of the Lowcountry were truly her inspiration.
She started painting about 15 years ago when she stumbled upon a shop on King Street that offered painting lessons. There she learned the basics of painting in oils. After about 9 months of lessons, she decided she needed to take off on her own and see what she could do.
After a year of intense painting, she entered her first show that was held on Folly Beach, SC. There she won her first ribbon! Feeling confident, soon after that she applied to different shows and exhibits. Putting one’s art out there is a scary thing, but she thought she had something to offer.
Since then, she has been juried into many different shows including: Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC, Plantation Wildlife Show in Thomasville, GA, the Waterfowl Exhibit in Easton, MD, Piccolo Spoleto “Art in the Park” show at Marion Square in Charleston, SC and several others in Saluda, NC, and Indianapolis, In.
Through the years she has continued to study her craft. She believes that artists must continue to evolve or they become stagnant.
About fifteen years ago, I began my journey with paint. I have been creating all my life with fabrics, color, and design, but I have found that painting fulfills the creative part of me. I once read that one’s painting style lies within oneself, and I believe that to be true.
When I first started painting, I was drawn to the amazing wildlife here in Charleston SC. I live near the beach, where I can observe the gulls, sandpipers, egrets, herons and pelicans that inhabit the marshes and coastline. The colors of the coast are stunning; the water, the marshes, and the light are natural elements that amaze and inspire me.
But I feel that a painting must have some drama; something that draws the viewer to the artwork. Sometimes it is the contrast from dark to light; other times it could be the artist’s use of color, but often it is the uniqueness of the piece be it abstract or representational.