Description When I arrived at St. Mark's square in Venice and stopped at the water's edge looking at this scene, my 1st thoughts were of Claude Monet and that he stood in this same spot. It was exhilarating. After painting this, I looked over one of my Monet books and brushed up on his Venice trip. His original plan was not to paint while he was there, feeling it was 'overdone'. However, as soon as he arrived he understandably changed his mind. Most of the time he was there, the weather didn't cooperate with him and he had to paint under a tarp while in a gondola in the freezing cold. His time there was extended through December because of this.
Chris Brandley, Keller Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Being the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Chris grew up all over the world. Her family dove into the different cultures, and frequented galleries and museums everywhere they went. Chris was particularly drawn to the Impressionist painters, and how they painted everyday life scenes, capturing light and using color in expressive ways. In 1977 her family moved to Holland, where the breath-taking beauty was etched into her memories. The experiences she had all over Europe play an instrumental part in her current work.
One of Chris’s passions is teaching adult and teen workshops in the United States as well as abroad. In 2019 she will conduct workshops in Texas, Florida, as well as 3 retreats in Tuscany, Italy. Ms. Brandley recently returned from teaching a group in South France.
Her work has been used in television backdrops and documentaries, and some of her paintings have been licensed to international companies for use on their products. You can find her most recent license of her painting “First Snow” on Christmas tins filled with popcorn at “Big Lots” stores throughout the United States and Canada.
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