My spirit is sparked by my whirlwind sojourn through the wild world of artistic expression …first as a child in blissed-out Cali, I spent Sundays knee-deep in tidal pools at the Ocean shore. Travelling with my globe trotting parents, I kept my eyes wide open to the joy of fresh places, foreign accents, tasty experiences… Street-scenes, cityscapes, architectural renderings, organic observations expressed in my art are a zesty celebration of madcap & quirky little details through mastery of watercolor wash and calligraphic line. Bliss filled, I capture travels around the planet armed with my backpack watercolor kit and precision Rapidograph pen, capturing subjects with childlike glee met with the eye of an irrepressible sophisticate. Recent forays into acrylic and mixed-media celebrate waves, flowers, landscape, global escapes and faraway magical places.
Studied Art at U.W. Madison in Wisconsin, with a B.S. in 20th Century Art History, Painting, and Printmaking. Since 2004, creations in the realm of products for cities include Wisconsin's Baraboo, Door County, Green Lake, Milwaukee, and Madison, as well as the American cities of Chicago, Lexington, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa and city scene paintings of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Glass State Commissions include Wisconsin and Florida.
Galleries in Wisconsin include Milwaukee's DeLind Gallery and in Madison, Fanny Garver Gallery on tony State Street. As a product designer of city scenes, each begins as a watercolor, and is then transformed into gifts including Peggy Karr Glass platters, hand-painted Polish ornaments, umbrellas, Steuben Glass, and Orrefors Swedish votives, for esteemed specialty retailer George Watts & Son, now in their 144th year; Joseph's Jewelers of Des Moines, now in their 143rd year; a Peggy Karr Glass platter for L.V. Harkness of Lexington, Kentucky to mark the 2010 World Equestrian Games; a Calatrava inspired hand-painted ornament design in 2011 for the Milwaukee Art Museum; Fall 2012 & 2013 ornaments for Quad City Arts Festival, and Cedarburg,Wisconsin platter, ornament & coasters for Holiday 2012 & 2013 for family-jeweler Armbrusters, celebrating 130 years on Washington Street.
Artistic Contributor to ArtPop charity benefit for the Milwaukee AIDS Project; Emcee as my stage personna, Sister Cashbox with Bjorn Nassett for the LGBT Community "Survival Revival" Thrift Fashion Shows. Artist in Residence at Catholic East Elementary School for 2014. Watch for my ever-burgeoning Etsy shop mixed-media originals, Chrisanne advent calendar, Chrisanne Card Collection, and children's book, "Cinnamon Christmas".
10% of my lifetime artistic proceeds benefit water and river conservancy.