- Image of the Day -
"Marr Creek, January"
Feature Artist Bio
Chris Willey - Marr Creek, January
Chris Willey - Sunrise
Chris Willey - Brush Creek Eastside Sanctuary
Chris Willey - Marr Creek, March
Chris Willey - March Purple Fields
Chris Willey - April Fields
Chris Willey - New Mexico Arroyo
Chris Willey - Autumn Hay
Chris Willey - Marr Creek, September
Chris Willey - October Soy
Chris Willey - Fall Sunset
Chris Willey - Brush Creek Eastside Fall
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary
American landscape painter Chris Willey (born 1953 in Denver, Colorado).
Chris (Christina) Willey has an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and a BFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.
She is a full-time painter and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Central Missouri, where she taught for 22 years. For 13 years, before teaching full-time, she was an illustrator, painter, and graphic designer.
Chris has had numerous solo shows and conducted workshops in United States, France, and the Netherlands. Most recently, she taught a pastel workshop in France, and several workshops locally in Kansas City.
She has acquired signature status in the MidAmerica Pastel Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. She has won awards in many juried shows, including 7 international, 9 national, and 29 regional shows. Her art is held in a number of private and corporate collections in the U.S., Netherlands, and France.
Willey is an artist who paints from life. Her work always begins with direct observation, but the endpoint is about making a beautiful painting. She tries to distill the essence of what attracted her to the subject into her paintings, while allowing the paint, the design, and surface to have their own voice.
February 6, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Chris Willey (Born 1953)
“My work always begins with direct observation. I try to distill the essence of what attracted me to the subject into my paintings, while allowing the paint and surface to have their own voice. I am attracted to complex patterning, lush colors, beautiful compositions, and solid draftsmanship.The paintings are from observation, but ultimately, the painting has to have its own voice, so I take liberties with structure, design, pattern, color, and paint that are separate from the observation. I try to allow room for experimentation and discovery through the whole painting process, allowing the place and the canvas to speak to me. It doesn’t take long before the working process takes on a life of its own. Ultimately, the painting has its own language and emotion.
This method of observing and working makes me hyper-aware of my environment— always looking for the perfect place, season, time, etc., and always aware that these moments, these places in time, are fleeting, and the moment must be seized. Painting is my journal, my exploration, my meditation, my peace of mind. Painting outside is where it all comes to fruition.”