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After attaining his undergraduate degree in Illustration at Utah State University, Chris moved his family to New York City to work as an illustrator while continuing his studies in art. While there he worked in the video game industry, and as a freelance illustrator. He also studied with world renown illustrator a… Read More
After attaining his undergraduate degree in Illustration at Utah State University, Chris moved his family to New York City to work as an illustrator while continuing his studies in art. While there he worked in the video game industry, and as a freelance illustrator. He also studied with world renown illustrator and fine artist Burton Silverman. Silverman a Board Member of the Portrait Society of America, and considered by many as one of America's finest 20th century painters, expressed many ideals as a contemporary figurative painter, that resonated with Chris and paralleled areas he was currently exploring. This sparked the beginning of a career path which has continued to evolve over the last fifteen years. During this time he has continued to paint figurative pieces while working as a conceptual artist for the entertainment industry.

Working primarily in oil on either masonite, or stretched linen, or digitally he continues to experiment and refine his painting process. His influences include Odd Nerdrum, Frank Frazetta, Steven Assael, Malcolm Liepke and Paul Fenniak to name just a few. A list of illustrators that have cast their influence on my work, whether directly or indirectly is to exhaustive to list here. While the art market compels an artist to express their views from a single vantage point, either through landscapes, figures, still life or a particular style. "I feel this can be constraining and redundant at times, much like using an exclamation at the end of each sentence." I thus likes to combine subjects and change styles from time to time while experimenting with my concept art, in addition to life painting, as a way of keeping my approach to subjects fresh.

My paintings are the journal of my life. With the exception of doing studies, my subjects are rarely pretty pictures I've just snapped with my camera. They must have a narrative behind them, even if the story isn't apparent to the viewer. The subject must have something that will inspire me and give life to my paintings. I'm a bit of on oddity even amongst my peers, in that; my passion to paint figurative art is fueled by working on various other subject matter and in different mediums that aren't figurative or of a different genre altogether. I find it adds life to my paintings when I work this way. Let's remember that Leonardo Da Vinci while executing the Mona Lisa was designing amazing devices like the early concepts of the helicopter, that seemed other worldly by comparison.

Over the past decade Chris has won first place three times in statewide professional competitions in Utah, been published in over half a dozen international publications and annuals, and exhibited Paintings in New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Utah and Italy. Chris currently resides in Bountiful, UT. Read Less
Wizards of the Coast /San Diego Comic Con /Smart Bomb Interactive /Electronic Arts/GuitarWorld/Iron Crown Publishers/Marvel Comics /Potential Dynamics
Fleer/Sony/Axiom Design /Ensign Magazine /Living Scriptures /Design Concepts /Stalker Entertainment /Animax /Blue Dog Papers /Friend Magazine and others.
Imagine FX Magazine #54 - Featured Sketchbook Artist 2010
Artists Magazine: Portrait Competition Finalist 2007
Spectrum Fantasy art annual Volumes 6 & 9.
BDAC Statewide competition for professionals: First Place: 2003, 1998, 1997
Springville Salon: Second Place, 1997
Society of Illustrators Student Competition sel… Read More
Imagine FX Magazine #54 - Featured Sketchbook Artist 2010
Artists Magazine: Portrait Competition Finalist 2007
Spectrum Fantasy art annual Volumes 6 & 9.
BDAC Statewide competition for professionals: First Place: 2003, 1998, 1997
Springville Salon: Second Place, 1997
Society of Illustrators Student Competition selection
Four Color Images Gallery: New York City
Parkersburg Art Center- 11th National Realism Exhibition
BDAC Statewide Competition for Professionals 97, 98, 03, 05
Springville Salon
BDAC Annual Illustrators Show Read Less
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