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A native New Yorker, Chris enjoyed growing up in a rustic 300 year old home on historic Long Island. From an early age she developed an appreciation for antiques and worn objects which she believes possess a unique dignity that can only be forged by the passage of time. The weathered door, crooked chair and rusted lantern were all art, and life presented an infinite gallery of works. She dedicated every minute possible to drawing, painting, sculpting, wood working, stained glass—everything and anything that involved the creative process. Chris would earn a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Art History from the State University College at Oneonta in rural upstate New York. There she trained in the classic disciplines of printmaking, serigraphy, oil and watercolor painting. The school of photo realism captured her imagination with its emphasis on the portrayal of ordinary items and places. After graduation Chris apprenticed in an art and frame shop where, under the guidance of amazingly talented and knowledgeable artists, she greatly enhanced her understanding of tools and materials. Together with her husband she has traveled extensively by motorcycle, on photo safaris throughout the United States and Europe. Eventually they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah within easy reach of the stunning National Parks of the American West. For much of her career Chris has worked as a commercial artist, but her heart has always belonged to the fine arts. Collecting ideas from her adven