Artist's Statement

chris painting black and white"Inspiration for my paintings is borne from a great deal of time studying the rhythmic rise and fall of life. Observing the changing dynamic gives me the opportunity to be able to determine and second guess the repeatable patterns.  As such, I’ve learned to be comfortable with the shadow of chaos as it continually impinges on what should otherwise be orderly in life. Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, I have come to terms with the truth of impermanence. This stabilizing force has taught me to crave the simple balance of asymmetric elements. 

Using a variety of media on canvas and paper, I endeavor to subtract compositional pieces with water and mineral spirits leaving behind the soul of the work.  I long for more and want the same for each observer.  If I can engage my audience to reflect on their own experience of each painting (whether the components are visible or missing), then my work is complete."