Born in 1987, artist Christopher Peter grew up in Phoenix and spent his childhood endlessly doodling in his sketchbooks. As a teenager, his dedication to his craft earned him scholarships to pursue two degrees in drawing and painting from Arizona State University, where he developed a love for abstraction and expressionism. His passion for visual art has landed his work in major exhibitions all around the world, and he is proud to have his paintings included among several esteemed international collections.
Christopher’s work is often described as a celebration of brilliant color, movement, and light. His unique canvases are filled with complex layers of paint which are punctuated by mixed media elements like handmade papers, silkscreens, and collage. Fans of his work describe it as a positive and enlightening experience of something beautiful and honest, and most importantly, of something new.
“An elderly man, a stranger at the time, once told me that he could see the color of my aura, and that it is gold. I smile when I remember that moment, and I think that color describes me very well. I find inspiration everywhere I look. To me, life is an infinite spectrum of color and light that surrounds us and moves within us, and this vitality is what drives my work.”
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Born in 1958, artist Robert Charon grew up in the metro Phoenix area of Arizona. Robert began to cultivate his creative mind at a very early age. In fact, his first private show was held at a local private library when he was only twelve years old. In high school, Charon developed a love of watercolors, and continued to pursue his education through art scholarships to colleges in both Arizona and Utah. During a break in his undergraduate years, Robert spent two years in Taiwan where he acquired an impassioned fondness of oriental tradition and art. Charon draws from his experiences in Taiwan and the influence of eastern culture for inspiration as an artist.
For Robert, the splendor of nature and wonder of the world itself leaves an impression that long outlasts any one artistic movement. Charon is passionate about depicting the world in brilliant subtleties of everyday life. He does not rely on specific movements or periods in art history to drive his own unique style, but does appreciate the fluidity of present day watercolorists. Robert’s work can best be described as an all-embracing balance of converse yet connected imagery. It is an anecdote of light and dark; from translucent to opaque; from abstract to realism. His style is diverse and captures life’s nuances in both subtle and dramatic ways. Whether it is a graceful landscape or a resonant color field abstract, Charon’s work evokes a felling of peace and tranquility. The depth of his paintings calls viewers to reflection; an uninterrupted moment kept for inner thoughts and deeper meanings.
“As an artist I am inspired by everything around me from a beautiful sky with interesting cloud formations to a bank of grass reflection in a still pool of water. It all fascinates me.”
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