I’m Chris Wilson.
Based in San Diego, California – I’m an artist who translates my passion for wildlife and adventure into drawings, paintings, and photographs. Right now my nose is probably in a sketchbook.
I created this site to originally to house my artwork work in a portfolio format but over the years it has grown to encompass a shop, clothing line, and blog.
My addiction to drawing and curiosity for travel has led me through rainforests in Central America, islands in Southeast Asia, and temples in Cambodia.
While getting a BFA in Character Animation from the Disney founded college, CalArts, I began my career by working on projects for various studio, production companes, and brands. My first film, Volta, an experimental short filmed and animated in Los Angeles was nominated for a Princess Grace Award.
Currently, I take on a select few illustration and animation clients. Focusing more on my own art and creative projects. This has given me the chance to immerse myself into work I truly enjoy creating.
This is not to say that I don’t appreciate working with others. Working on commissioned projects and collaborations is where I’ve grown the most. All of the work I did professionally, were so valuable in my growth as an artist. It was these works that provided the launchpad for creating this website in the first place.
Now I use this site for analyzing the origins of the ideals and inspirations that are the foundation of my own style – discussing them on this site. Sharing my influences and the things that inspire me.
Over the years I have collected a lot of amazing examples of an aesthetic inspired by jungles, islands, beaches, surf, travel and adventure. Which I will be posting the choice specimens on my blog with my commentary.
For me – drawing, painting, photography, design, illustration, and every medium in between is the the most interesting when it passes through the filter of nature.
Art has the power to stimulate awareness and inspire positive change surrounding global environmental issues. I keep this in mind as I draw, paint, and photograph the beaches, oceans, and jungles around.
I approach my work as a need, a hobby, something I look forward to and therefore not something to be over thought.
To view my work, please visit my portfolio.
A lot of the work you see here can also be purchased at my shop.
I’ve also created Intrepid Artist, a site on entrepreneurship for artists and illustrators.
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