Chris Messer

Chris Messer's art is reflected in all aspects of her life. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association, her extensive and diverse collection spans 30 years of dedication and inspiration.

Chris was born in the United States but spent her formative years living in Newfoundland and Northern Africa. While in Africa this gave her the opportunity to travel through Europe twice as a child. At the age of 12, her family moved to Sacramento, CA where she attended high school and college. It was during this impressionable time that she traveled throughout the western United States discovering her true passion. Fifteen years later, she began her artistic pursuit at Diablo Valley College, and later at California College of Arts and Crafts where she graduated in 1989 with high honors.

She spent the next 12 years enveloped in her art, focusing on gallery shows and teaching. It was during this time that she became recognized as an influential artist. She received numerous 'Best in Shows' and was awarded the prestigious Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award. She was teaching 9 classes per week at various art institutions, including a Masters class at the Art Institute of San Francisco and drawing and painting to children and adults at Walnut Creek Civic Arts. Her rigorous creative schedule also included honing her own skills by attending evening drawing classes and producing many more paintings.

In 2002, she relocated to Mount Shasta, where she currently lives and creates, influenced by the majestic, quiet beauty of the landscape. Her art continues to grow as she explores different mediums, such as acrylic, gouache and mixed media.

Artists' Statement

I am fascinated by the creative process, the mind whorls, fingers fly, paint on the walls, paint on the canvas. It is all such an exploration for me. Art comes to me in many creative forms but I am in awe of nature and its force of many colors and textures. I like the ability to use many art mediums to express my ideas. I will use watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. I also cut my own stamps and do lino prints. I love pattern and color in the form of paper, so I use this in my mixed media. Mixed media is just that, anything can happen. What freedom to give yourself as an artist! Currently I am exploring the medium of wax: encaustic. One of an artist's oldest tools of expression. I paint because I have an experience to share. I like to tell a story and convey emotion with my paintings.