Chris first started painting using oils in 2005. She is mostly a self-taught artist, however, in 2007, she attended two Berkeley City College painting classes. She studied under Judi Pettite. While taking Introduction to Painting and Intermediate Painting, Chris learned to use acrylics.
Chris enjoys painting all types of subject matter, but her favorite is painting organic objects and nature, from trees to flowers and landscapes to sunsets.
One way of recycling that Chris revels in is upcycling. She takes old pieces of furniture that is about to be thrown out and uses them as canvases. She finds great satisfaction in turning a piece of garbage into a painted treasure.
In 2012, Chris painted a wedding present for her best friend, Grace, and her fiance, Phu Nguyen.
She started off with the top of a broken table. She removed the paint and sanded down the surface. She then rounded the corners.
Next, she painted the background in layers of acrylic.
She learned how to write "Welcome" in Korean, French, and Vietnamese. Grace is Korean, Phu is Vietnamese and he also speaks French. They have travelled to and love France. Chris wanted to give them a gift that was a blend of their roots.
Chris searched far and wide for the perfect wrapping paper. Grace and her husband love to bike, so Chris knew a bicycle pattern would be nice. She was going to use paper that she found at a store, but then she went to a craft store in Cambridge and found bicycles on fabric!
In high school, Chris took an Introduction to Ceramics class. She enjoyed it so much that she told herself that she would one day take another Ceramics class or join a studio where she could practice pottery.
In 2013, after living in Somerville, Massachusetts for two and a half years, Chris finally decided to enroll in independent study at the Mudflat Pottery School. She goes to this converted theatre space once or twice a week to work on wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces.
She likes making small cups and dishes.
Glossy glazes are good for dishes for eating because they are easier to clean and leak proof.
Matte glazes are ideal for planting pots because they allow the roots to breath. The matte finish is permeable and lets water seep out.
San Diego, California