Chris was born and raised in Midcoast Maine, specifically in Rockland and Rockport. The house where we now reside was built by Chris’s father over 60 years ago. Chris has lived and worked here all of his life except when he served for 4 years in the Navy.
My husband has never received any formal art training – he is naturally very talented. I have marveled at his talent throughout our life together – his beautiful drawings, woodcarvings, driftwood furniture pieces, and watercolors.
Chris is a shy, humble man with a soul of a poet. He did not receive as much encouragement as he should have when he was younger. But I have always believed in my husband and his phenomenal talents and abilities. I knew he could draw and paint anything, so I purchased his paints, papers, brushes, etc. and said, “Go to it! I know you can do this!” I’m so grateful that I have tried to encourage him and believe in his wonderful abilities. Chris says that if I hadn’t believed in him and taken an active role, then none of this would have come to pass. I feel humbled by this.
As a boy, Chris and an older brother took advantage of the wonderful Farnsworth Art Museum (located in Rockland, Maine) and the artworks displayed there, particularly those of the Wyeths, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer. Though Chris’s style of painting is clearly and entirely his own, he has been influenced by the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper in particular.
Anyone who recognizes my husband’s paintings, knows that he is best known for his careful attention to architectural detail and lighting. The simple beauty of our state has been the inspiration – lighthouses, white clapboard houses and farms, old, rustic items of a bygone era, boats and other gorgeous scenes. Chris loves the simple beauty of wood framed, weathered structures as well as the delightful play of light and shadows which are cast on these subjects by the sun.
Chris began showing his work in 1987, exhibiting in our area’s galleries, etc. For many years, he was one of the main successful artists who exhibited at Gallery One, which was located on Main Street (and where the Dowling Walsh Gallery is now located) in Rockland. His art is in collections all over the world.
Around 1992, Chris had a one-man show, which almost sold out. He also was honored by Maine Boats & Harbors magazine, when Chris and his art was featured in their August/September 1992 issue. Following this, he was commissioned to create a large piece showing the layout of the Samoset Resort Golf Course. This image was then used when their new golf score cards were printed. Around September 1997, the Art Bank Program of the U.S. State Department honored my wonderful husband by acquiring one of his paintings titled “Old Parish House.”
Last year in 2016, some particularly lovely wildlife murals were painted at Lermond Cove, which is located off of Tillson Avenue in Rockland. Chris was asked to create a large mural of birds. He did a wonderful job. These can be seen on the cement wall alongside the Rockland Harbor Trail where it skirts the south side of Lermond Cove. This mural depicts a variety of birds, most of which are found here in Maine. Among these are a bald eagle, a great blue heron, and Chris’s favorite bird: the red cardinal. He always points to the cardinal, particularly in the spring, and says to me, “It’s calling for a mate.”
Since last year, Chris has been focusing more on commissions for portraits of people and pets. He is growing in his abilities in these areas of interest.
About this Site
Chris is too shy and humble to do any of the marketing related to his work (after all these years, he doesn’t consider himself an artist!), so I am trying to do all I can to help him with this. I am new to this, so please be patient with me.
In addition to this website, you can visit Chris’s Facebook page, and his Etsy shop. Prices and sizes for all of the artwork shown here, as well as prices for commissioned 12″x16″ portraits are listed on his Etsy shop.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the paintings you see on this site, you can contact us through this website. Please note that Chris’s art will come to you unmatted and unframed. I do take particular care when packaging to protect his art. You will see more details on Etsy pertaining to all of this. The shipping costs will include insurance costs as well, because I will not ship any artwork without insurance.
Please e-mail me with any questions that you might have. I will be sending out e-mails to those interested in any new work which Chris will be doing, as well as perhaps some special offerings that might be in the works. Also, I will be writing blogs and posting them on this site. If you are interested in being added to our mailing list, please sign up for this here.