Chris Amend
My work is the visual product of my perceptions, musings, thoughts, struggles, yearnings. It grows from, and gives voice to, the daily processes of life, as filtered through my own sensibilities and idiosyncrasies; as such, it is as untidy and disorderly as is my own mind. Each picture, whatever its styles and methods, strives to be an honest explication and embodiment of the ideas and impulses that gave it birth. I was an art teacher for 36 years, and have since retired from full-time teaching in order to focus entirely on my own work, though I still find myself teaching an occasional class. I continue to find art and teaching to be inextricably intertwined, each demanding of me the same daily questing, and questioning, about the nature of existence and its manifestation as visual expression.

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Images on wood

A recent development in my work is a series of drawings and paintings on wood. ¬†Using unprimed panels allows the wood grain to be an integral part of the image, In fact, in most cases, the image arises from the grain of the wood, and my job is simply to recognize and draw out the […]