About

chris-portraitI’ve been creating art most of my life.  I started painting seriously about eight years ago, showing my pieces at various local shows in the Allston, MA, area where I was living at the time.  Six years ago, I made the decision to get serious and  go back to school, graduating in 2015 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with a BFA.  While there, I not only sharpened up my painting game, I learned to work in a number of new mediums:  watercolor, mixed media, print-making and ceramics.

I am interested in decay, distressed or worn and used objects, dark humor, emotions, and the underlying stories often overlooked.  My preferred mediums are oil, quill pen and ink and sometimes acrylic.    I use traditional painting methods to build dense, rich backgrounds, and these days often mix accidental/abstract components with realism to create my fantasy landscapes and scenes.

Many of my images and ideas come from my dreams.   chris-orange-paintingAs a child, I had a very active imagination and I’m still working with some of my thoughts and stories from my past.  I’m influenced by fantasy, horror, science fiction, my life experiences and what I see around me in the world today. Some of my themes are completely imaginative and brightly whimsical, others more political and intensely disturbing.   To all of this, I bring my own lowbrow twist, often with dark humor.

A list of artists I admire would include: Mark Ryden, Esao Andrews, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Michael Hussar, and Zdzislaw Beksinski.  I’m strongly influenced by West Coast Pop Surrealism.

I spend most of my time painting, toggling between two or three works as I build images, let dry, and revise.

 

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