Painting is the avenue to voice my story by reaching others, who, like me, may be searching for an unspoken feeling and beauty of their own. The human experience influences me to express the feelings, thoughts and images I wish to communicate … -Chris Sullivan
About the Artist
Christopher M. Sullivan is an American modern abstract artist from the upper coastal region of Texas.
He spent the first half of his life living under all of the influence that a coastal upbringing can afford. At a young age, his family began to support his creativity in many ways. Family members collected Chris’ artwork, often times simply drawn out on scraps of leftover supplies. His father converted his own landscape architecture drafting table into a creating platform that Chris continues to use today.
Studying artwork so intensely as a child, started him on a lifelong journey listening and feeling what it is that makes the human experience so interesting, yet challenging and beautiful. These translations have now become his oil painting expressions, intriguing others to interpret their individual feelings through the language of art.
He spent a large portion of his life in the central Texas Hill Country, inspired by the energy and love within the creative people of the area. After a brief time on the Florida Gulf Coast, he now resides on the “High Road to Taos,” in the remote community of Ojo Sarco of northern New Mexico. Surrounded by the Carson National Forest, he has found his home. Always ready for the next adventure in his journey, his paintings are ever-changing and expressive of what can be shared to help others with their discovery. The enjoyment of the language of art is extremely important to Chris.
An interview with the artist, Chris Sullivan …
Tell us a bit about your background.
I have 20+ years in hospitality and lodging, from busser to restaurant developer and on to owner. I am also a massage instructor and practitioner. Now, I pursue my art career.
What is it that drives you to create art?
Expression — another form of communicating feelings without being limited by vocabulary.
Favorite museum or gallery?
Menil, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Blanton Museum of Art
Christopher on Art
What makes a piece successful in your eyes?
When the engagement captivates, moves and feels complete as far as what I would like to share and express. Hopefully taking the appreciator into his/her own thoughts and exploration.
Has your art changed or been influenced over time?
Definitely, as new experiences that I have and feel the need to share.
What is your process in creating a piece?
I build the story — this truly begins with several layers of texture, the building blocks of my vocabulary, or language that I hope to use with color and depth.
Why do you think art is important?
Opening to relate with one’s own feelings and experiences through a deeper more meaningful expression.
What advice do you have for someone just starting their art collection?
Open your senses and collect what moves you, grow yourself and your collection as you continue your changing journey.
Are you looking to try new topics, sizes, mediums?
Exploring sizes and definitely new topics, and life experiences happen. Promoting growth!
Do you have a top achievement you can share?
Building the confidence that I need to pursue sharing my work with the world.
Christopher’s Top Five
What inspires you in your art and life?
Helping others “heal” themselves through touch, shared information and life experiences. Doing so through touch or painting color and energetics.
What are you most proud of?
Making it this far! Not giving up on myself, following my heart and family’s advice and belief in me.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I can’t imagine any other way!! Maybe an adventure tour guide. One of the things that I enjoy the most about teaching is guiding people through their discovery of self and their unique gift. Something along those lines … I love adventure.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Help lift people by stimulating their own healing, comforting through their process and bringing growth and acceptance so that no one feels like they do not belong.
What has influenced you as an artist?
I became influenced by my seventh grade art teacher who taught me exercises from “Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain.” At that time, my father and I transformed his old drafting table into a drawing platform, which I still use today in my journey with abstract expressions.