Description this spring i was driving near the dolores river in SW colorado and for a second spotted a non-discript little brown bird. normally i'd drive on by with such a vague sighting, but something possessed me to turn around and have another look. sure enough it was a northern pygmy owl-- and he let me take a few shots. i was ecstatic for days! in this rendering i've placed the normally diurnal owl in a twilight winter scene to make his yellow eyes seem to glow even more.
R Christopher Vest, Dolores, Colorado Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Chris Vest is a self-taught artist with a 25 year background in pen and ink drawing, oil painting, scratch board, photography and screen printing. In the 1990s he embraced the computer revolution and developed a way to merge painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, the photographic image is transformed by intense painterly manipulation to create textures and effects that attempt to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting, a process he has dubbed the "painted photo montage".
Chris professionally divides his time between fine art, graphic design, and natural history illustration. He contributed birding vistas to a book published in 2010 by the American Bird Conservancy called 'Bird Conservation'.
After years of wandering, traveling and living in Alaska, Switzerland, Israel, Wyoming, Virginia and Kansas, Chris now lives with his partner Cathy and 25 companion animals on a six acre farm near Dolores, Colorado. Together they are restoring the land, formerly badly overgrazed by cattle. In addition, they operate a small animal shelter, rescuing and fostering animals from across the four corners area. All profits help this animal rescue effort.
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