Chris grew up in Minnesota, went to St. Olaf College and majored in Studio Art with an emphasis on Art History.  Throughout her college years she attended Kansas City Art Institute, spent time studying art professions in NYC and worked in Shanghai, China as an English teacher.  She moved, with her family, to Sisters Oregon 11 years ago.  Chris has been working for Clearwater Gallery, managing the frame shop and working in the Gallery for the past 11 years.  

"I have always loved the richness of oil paint and the clarity created with a drawn line.  Texture and depth flourish when an organic line subtly merges with brushstrokes of color.  Whether realistic or abstract I always feel like there is a deep dimensional quality to a multimedia painting.  

When I am painting I find I look at everything very closely.  I look at a cloud or a tree, anything really, and think about how few brush strokes and what value of color could create that dimension.  I feel lucky to enjoy something that can bring about an interest in paying attention to the  little things.  Painting, for me, is a state of focus, where time is lost and the days worries disappear.

With every blank canvas, I see an opportunity.  A chance to use what I have learned to expand, change and develop my paintings.  I'm always open to new ideas and enjoy seeing the work of other painters.  I am so thankful to have found something that is so emotionally fulfilling and important to me.  I hope that others will take that from my work, not only a scene of the subject of the painting, but also an atmosphere, a smell, or a sense of touch.  The feeling a painting evokes, whether hard lined and bold or gently calming is the most important part for me."