Chris Reed was born in Portland, ME where he currently resides, working as a landscape painter and teacher. He received his BA in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College in 1999, but is largely self-taught, undergoing independent study in Europe in addition to his plein air work along the coast of Maine. His expressionistic, dreamlike landscapes have been exhibited throughout New England. “Nature is the best teacher...the secret is paying close attention to the treasures it has to offer.”
As a landscape painter, I am always developing a greater awareness and connection to the natural environment. My objective in painting is to reflect the beauty of nature by capturing light in various states, whether by the ocean, along a wooded trail, or from a mountain top. Through the creative process, new ways of expressing the energy, the essence, and unique character of a place is revealed, allowing it to breathe with new life.
I am especially inspired by American Tonalism, the paintings of Turner, Daubigny, and Monet. Each painting is conceived in the moment, loosely based on my plein air studies and the memory or feeling of a particular place. There is a great joy in the act of creating as I feel that nature has been reborn through me. I am often drawn to that place along the horizon line where land and sky appear to almost fuse, where it can be difficult to discern between morning and evening, beginning and end.
2002 Maine College of Art Portland, Me and Rockport International Film Television Workshops, Rockport, Me 2000 USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program, Los Angeles, Ca 1997-1999 BA in Visual Arts, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me 1995-1997 University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Me