"In a portrait, I work to capture the heart, soul and personality of any type of subject - dogs, horses, people - in acylic, graphite, oil or watercolor. I like to work in several mediums. All have their own charcteristics and people tend to have a favorite medium. A lot of my subjects come from the plantation life of South Georgia, so many of the dogs I paint are labs and pointers. But there is no limit - every animal has a personality and that is what is essential to capture. I learned to draw by drawing faces of famous people I looked up to as a kid - and I was determined to get the techinal aspect right, but I learned that "exact" is always second fiddle to "essence."
Chris Chantland has been painting for over 30 years and captures the personalities of sporting dogs, horses - and their owners - in special commissions. Chris is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists.
He was the official artist of the National Retriever Club and National Amateur Retriever Club and sponsors the Master National Retriever Club and has been a sponsor of major conservation organizations, such as the Ruffed Grouse Society and Quail Unlimited.
His paintings are part of the permanent collection of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee, and in private collections.
He has also been an exhibitor at the prestigious Southeastern Wildlife Art Expo and the Plantation Arts Festival.
Chris Chantland - Watercolor, Oil and Graphites
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