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I come from a family of painters. My father taught me my first lessons. Then, later on, I went to an art school in my hometown, Paris. I can’t do anything else but paint, and it’s the human body that interests me the most. During my training, I learned to work the majority of medias, but I have a special relationship with oil. I also draw a lot with graphite.
Congratulations to Chris Breier! He is our November Artist of the Month. Breier was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition. His painting, One Eighty (acrylic, 18×24) is below. Scroll down to read about Breier’s art!
The 30 paintings that won awards in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 annual competition are splendid; wonderful, too, were the finalists in each category, which made our jurors’ decisions extremely difficult. We are grateful to our exacting jurors: Douglas Atwill, Ron Monsma, Amy Weiskopf, John Agnew, and Judith T. Greenberg. Read their comments on the winning pictures and their advice on entering this and any other competition.
As a child, I remember wandering the aisles of the local department store that was filled with patent leather shoes. Their shiny and reflective nature was mesmerizing. As an adult, they artistically inspired me. Not only were they shiny and reflective, but the heels were also very high. I began to think about how I had grown as an artist and how these shoes were an analogy for my life. I felt that trying to do my best and creating high standards for myself could create opportunities for me to improve and showcase my art, just like the height of these beautiful shoes.
I was brought up on a beautiful farm in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and my mother–a gifted artist herself–always encouraged me as a child to use my God given talent. I had no formal art training and it was only in my mid 30′s that I returned to my passion and began by illustrating a series of children’s books, and painting wildlife and birds for calendars. Then, in 2006, I made the decision to paint full-time after a piece of my work was accepted by a top gallery, The Everard Read Gallery, in Cape Town, South Africa. That was the beginning of an exciting new era with my artwork as I was given permission to do a series of paintings with the little girl in Sleeping Beauties who was born and raised in the Namibian Desert, and who had an amazing rapport with wild animals. I knew I had found my niche in portraiture!