Chris Shands

Palette/Chris Shands 2021

I am drawn to color and texture. I usually begin my paintings by laying down bold and random brush work. It's at this time that my work is raw and makes me a little uncomfortable.I try not to think too hard about what will happen, but instead, focus on the process of painting. It's a bit like meditation; letting go and trusting. I have to remind myself not to be afraid of ruining a piece, as I know in time, it can be rescued. A lot of editing takes place; layers are added and then scraped off, revealing a little bit of the painting's history. There are highs and lows, but I am always left feeling like I've connected with something far greater than myself.

I was a ceramic artist for 15 years before emerging as an abstract painter 7 years ago. I had always wanted to paint but found plenty of excuses not to. A health scare and an empty nest was what I needed to pick up a brush and begin. It's been such a wonderful journey and I'm grateful for the support of family and friends.

Someone once told me: your work makes me feel good. I can't think of a nicer compliment.

- Chris Shands


Chris Shands original oil paintings and mixed media Petits Bijoux will be available for purchase here online and in our gallery on Grove Avenue opening on June 22nd, 2022.