Title: Laguna Memories
24 x 30"
Weight: 7.0 lbs.
Limited Edition run of 95 pieces. Each one when ordered will be created on canvas, gallery wrapped and ready to hang. It will also be embellished by the artist to make each one unique. Also, each one will be signed and numbered by the artist.
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Christopher Meredith is an Emerging artist from Huntington Beach, California. For the last 20 years, Meredith’s passion for art focused primarily in black-and-white pencil portrait drawings. He spent two decades honing his drawing skills until his mother-in-law asked him to paint a 5 foot wide seascape of the Huntington Beach Pier. That painting got a full page spread in the local paper. People started asking for giclees and Meredith’s painting career began. By his 5th painting, he was asked to be the famous Marine Painter Wyland’s first ever featured artist at his home studio gallery in Laguna Beach. Then he was named the Huntington Beach Art Walk’s Acrylic Painter of the Year and asked to return to the Wyland Gallery for a second showing a few months later. He has also displayed in the DAX Gallery in Costa Mesa and has been accepted to juried art shows such as the Orange County Fair and the Southwest Arts Festival.
Meredith’s style is highly influenced from his love of water. Every painting has a scene of an ocean, bay, river or waterfall. Do to the fact he only created art in black-and-white for 2 decades, he now incorporates very bright and bold colors into his work, and uses the water as a mirror to reflect these colors in his paintings. Do to his training, he would still disagree that he is a painter and would say that he still very much draws his creations, only now with a brush instead of a pencil. The technical skills that he learned as a pencil artist have really helped him become a photo-realistic painter. In fact, when he was nominated for the Acrylic Painter of the Year award, an argument ensued because some of the judges believed he was a photographer and that his work was actually photos. As soon as they were proven to be paintings, Meredith was chosen for the award.
Recently, Meredith was chosen as the first permanent artist of the Rainwater Gallery in Huntington Beach, California, and as a member of the Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.
My whole life, I have always had a spiritual bond with water. There is something about being around a beach, river, stream, or waterfall that is so peaceful it makes you forget about everything else in your life. As an artist, my goal is to instill that feeling into my work. A beautiful sunset and the colors that reflect, skewed by the movement of the water; I aim to create a place that you wish you could just drop everything and go there at this very moment. I am very particular with my subject matter, it can take months for me to come up with just the right image I need to capture on canvas. As an artist, I have a 20 year background as a pencil artist which taught me the key to a great work is detail and patience. After all those years of doing black and white, I have taken what I learned and added an explosion of color. My paintings are bright and bold and make your eyes move back and forth from light to the dark, yet produce a calming effect that allows you as the viewer to drift away in your thoughts.
Primarily Self Taught, 20 years as a pencil portrait artist and recently turned painter.
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