| Chris Quinnert, at the age of 21, tired of the encroaching growth
of Thousand Oaks, outside of Los Angeles, California and enthralled with the
beauty of the Kern River Valley, moved to the quaint little village of
Kernville in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. At the
time he had in mind to paint the beauty of the landscapes but soon, being able
to see the stars in the clear atmosphere of the area, he became infatuated with
their beauty and devoted his artistic ability to their portrayal. It wasn't
long before he became known as the artist of space. His dream of a career in
art was beginning to materialize.
There was one big draw-back to this endeavor, however. In order to paint the stars as he saw them, he needed light. Unfortunately it wasn't available at the same time the stars were. Consequently the use of a camera became an integral part of his space creations. As expected, it wasn't long before the camera replaced the paintbrush and the beauty of the Kern river Valley landscape, once again became the subject of his inspiration. It didn't take long for his photographs to become in as much demand as his space paintings. Plus he liked the spontaneity of the camera and the avenues of opportunity it opened, especially in such a photogenic area. Not only was the landscape an inspiration, but so was the abundance of wildlife and the challenge it provided in it's portrayal. It soon was a welcome addition to his already coveted landscape photographs and often became their focal point.
His paintings, as popular as his photographs, were both soon in demand. Consequently, although his love was the camera, he spent much of his time with paintbrush and canvas and, as might be expected, his landscape photographs lead to an increasing number of landscape paintings. Being particularly inspired by the Hudson River School, of the 19th century and the works of such artists as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole (to name a few), Chris' work became more and more impressionistic and colorful. He's often seen painting or sketching out doors on location so as to capture the natural light and color often missed by the camera and in the artificial light of a studio.
This new phase in Chris' career, not only added further inspiration, but opened new avenues to opportunities in bigger and better shows and galleries, and a widening clientele. Chris' works can now be found in various galleries, art shows and collections mostly in California. Lately, however, his horizons are expanding to throughout much of Western United States.
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