Chris grew up in the then rural area of San Diego County, California, spending much of her childhood visiting the western states National Parks with her parents and siblings. There she learned about nature and geology honing her skills as a nature and landscape photographer.
At the age of 5, she joined her sisters painting lessons with a local artist. She learned watercolor techniques and at 6, won an honorable mention for her depiction of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket at the Del Mar Children’s Art Competition. She continued to take summer art lessons, and at 10 won first place for her lake and forest landscape tempera painting. She continued to channel her creative side through photography from her childhood through the present. For economic reasons she began a 43 year banking career but continued to draw and experiment with ink techniques from her photograph images.
Horses have always been an interest for her and she began riding in 1987. Over the past 25 years she has ridden Western Pleasure, English Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage. In 2007, she began actively painting again, this time in acrylics. She began painting landscape scenes from Jackson Hole, Ireland and other vacation locations. She began incorporating horses into her landscape paintings when her trainer requested a commission representing one of their many Ireland trips in 2010.
While primarily self taught, she began color theory art instruction in 2014 from a well known wildlife and western artist Phil Journeay. He was also accomplished in western themes including horses and he taught her how to draw and then paint horses. At that time she began painting in oils and considers this her main medium going forward.
When she moved to Boerne Texas in 2016 she continued her studies under local artists with an emphasis on equine and western themes. She was accepted in the 2017 American Plains Artist Fine Art show and sale. “I have always had an interest in nature and in the play of light on the landscape, trees, and water. My love affair with the horse, has led me to capture their essence in their distinctive movements, and character. Painting has always taken me away from the craziness of life to the serene harmony of nature.”
BPA: Boerne Professional Artists
APA: American Plains Artists