About

Chris was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961.  At the age of nine he and his family moved to the little town of Bluff, Utah.  The change from a large metropolitan area to a rural setting was huge, but for the young artist the fit could not have been better.  While living in Bluff Chris developed a deep love for the outdoors and spent a good deal of time exploring the red rock canyons and cottonwood-lined creeks in the Four Corners area.

From an early age Chris has expressed himself through art.  Primarily self-taught, he has been influenced by the work of other artists, such as: George Inness, Maxfield Parrish, and Richard McKinley.  As a young man Chris set aside his art while he completed two tours of service with the United States Marines.  Later, while earning a degree in Business Administration at Utah State University, Chris began to draw again.  Working primarily with graphite or colored pencil, he received a number of commissions for portraiture and landscape art.  In 2000 a friend gave Chris a used set of pastels and suggested he try them.  It was one of the best gifts he’d ever received.  Chris immediately fell in love with the medium.  Since that time he has worked exclusively with pastel.

Always curious as to what’s over the next hill, or around the next bend, Chris tries to convey that sense curiosity and wonder for nature through his paintings.  Today Chris lives in Farmington, New Mexico and continues to find inspiration for his art while traveling and hiking throughout the west.


Chris is currently represented by these Galleries:


Artifact’s Gallery 505-327-2907
302 E Main Street, Farmington, NM

Howa Gallery 801-232-5710
390 N 500 West, Bountiful, UT


Galleries and National Shows:

Holladay City Fine Art Show
1st Place Pastel
2015, 2016, 2017

Atelier A.F.A.
Salt Lake City, UT
June 2014

Wines of the San Juans
Blanco, NM
September 2013

Southwest Pastel Society
International Exhibition
Grapevine, TX
2012 & 2013

Artifact’s Gallery
Featured Artist
June 2012
October 2016

Intermountain Society of Artists
Best of Sow
Summer Show 2013

Masterworks of New Mexico
ABQ Salon Award
March 2017

Art & Soup
Salt Lake City, UT
April 2014

Pastel Society of New Mexico
National Pastel Exhibition
2012-2016

Sierra Pastel Society
Bi-Annual Exhibition
Placerville, CA
2012

Reuel’s Art & Frame
Holladay, UT
December 2011

Alpine Art & Frame
Salt Lake City, UT
April 2017


Links and Other Artists:

Craig Fisher - Sculpter