Chris Cartledge, Seneca, SC Member Since April 2011 Artist Statement After graduating Clemson University in History and Fine Arts in the mid 80's, I have rediscovered my passion for painting in acrylics and oils. Musical and instrumental motiffs are common subject matters. As part owner of www.rivalart.com, I am blessed to illustrate for a living but it's my paintings that offer me a joyful respite. My illustrations are often black and white, so when I paint, I prefer a rich and colorful palette. I also like to paint in a way that makes the viewer feel amused and uplifted. I create typically with Wes Montgomery playing Jazz in the background and the SON over my shoulder.