Artist Detail

Chris Sutherland

Type of Work: Watercolor/Acrylic/Mixed Media Painting & Cards


Contact Information

Email: chrissutherlandart@gmail.com

Website: www.chrissutherlandart.com

Biography

My earliest memories of art in my life consist of painting smooth rocks that Dad and I collected from a Michigan lake, creating miniature oil paintings (which I still have!) and even building a cardboard doll house complete with upholstered cardboard furniture for my younger cousin. Drawing, doll making, fabric arts, furniture painting�.I have always been involved in creative and artistic pursuits. When my daughter graduated from high school, she encouraged me to follow my dream, and to take formal art classes. I have always loved watercolors, and once I took that first watercolor class, there was no turning back! Over the years, I have studied with many nationally recognized artists including Carole Barnes, Sterling Edwards and Robert Burridge. I see the world as an unpredictable, beautiful, colorful and whimsical place. I paint with watercolor and acrylic paints and sometimes I add some wild and loose pen and ink to the mix. My �style� is best described as contemporary and imaginative. The work of the artists of the fauvism movement, in particular Henri Matisse, has influenced my painting. Color, color, color! I am inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and the manner in which he depicted movement and the lively bohemian lifestyle of the 1890�s. Not surprisingly, the art of Dr. Seuss has sparked my creative journey since I was three or four. Even though the world may be dark and grim at times, it is my hope that my paintings will evoke happiness, hope and maybe a little magic. I returned to my home state of North Carolina after residing in Virginia Beach for five wonderful years. I have a busy exhibition schedule which includes a number of juried outdoor shows each year. I am a founding member of Art Reach NC, a former exhibiting artist at The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, a board member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, a member of Muddy River Artists Association, and a former managing artist of Pembroke 4 Art Gallery in Virginia Beach. My work can be found in various art galleries in the South East, at juried art shows, and gallery exhibitions.


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Sells Work at Red Dog Gallery