In his decades-spanning art career, Christopher Barksdale has explored God, the best of life and humanity through different materials and mediums. Christopher began creating as a means of storytelling - capturing the (literal) life he saw around him growing up in the South Bronx, New York City, New York. In his early work as a teen, he created pop inspired images, highlighting family, sports (movement) and celebrity portraits as subject matter. College, Virginia Commonwealth University, produced experiments with large-scale spray-painted images. Post graduate school, Duke University, he returned to making mixed media works including computer graphics, film, and photography. The recipient of many juried awards, Christopher's work has displayed at The Nasher Museum of Art, The Anderson Art Gallery, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and The Wooster Project and several other galleries and exhibitions. Christopher continues to tell biblical stories and the joy of life/love with his live illustrations at his home church, Christ Church Mequon, where he, his wife (Stephanie) and their young daughter (Aria) serve in many capacities for the glory of God's kingdom.
Chris Glatzel is a professional artist who lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her faith and family are the inspiration for her paintings, she works in mixed media, mainly painting with acrylics and oil on canvas. Chris is a painter of light, wonderment and mystery, with an underlying spiritual connection to the
unseen; children and animals are favorite themes.
Mostly self taught she has taken classes at various art schools over the last 25 years. Chris became a better artist by teaching classes at her studio in Waukesha, "Getting back to basics and doing a painting
in under two hours really enhances your skills!" She has also taught art at a private school and does private art classes, and also has participated in various conferences showing her art and painting in person.
Chris has a passion to introduce the viewer to endless themes of transformation, mystery, awe, and portals to other worlds. She favors blending fantasy and realism through childlike wonder and otherworldly celestial realms. People have commented "Your art makes me think of fantasy lands" and Your
art is so magical"
"There is a realm around us that is filled with goodness, light and mystery. We are all welcome there. I would hope that my art would help open our eyes to see and appreciate the wonder, that we all would experience and connect our inner child to the creator."
I was originally from Kansas City and now reside in Milwaukee where I received my BA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and am currently an Art Teacher. I have shown pieces in the Wisconsin State Capitol, Wisconsin Museum of Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and congresswoman Gwen Moore's Office. I perceive my art as "a soulful world of art".
As art has impacted a huge part of my life since childhood, I have developed deep passion for creating. I am inspired by many things? So, I create from combining multiple interest. I have the freedom to create what I feel? therefore my work has no set patterns.
"I like people... there is so much that can be communicated in a single portrait? feelings? statements? all interpreted differently to each viewer?
like to braid hair... there is a connection built with people? level of trust? happiness? culture?
like fashion... creating style that is unique to self? self-expression"
I see through my own understanding of life? my journey? direction? but mostly driven by pursuit and divine purpose. God created me this way? placed this gift in my path? I embrace it? so I create!
There is beauty in being able to connect with others through visual expression. I know that my work will invoke different thoughts, opinions, feelings, for each one who experiences it.
Midwest mixed media artist, designer, and educator, working beyond the walls, exploring, and designing for what connects us.
I stand at the bottom and yearn for the top. I climb to the top and feel my own smallness. The wilds outside and the great quieting of the soul. Even the rocks cry out their joy and longing.
Art almost always points to larger spiritual truths. So, while I like to think big, I look for beauty in the small spaces too. Because it is good to paint in the dusty and neglected corners, and it's good to find fellowship with others through that process. From the pages of a sketchbook to the side of a building, visual stories connect us, weave through our lives, and help us become a better community for each other.
To work beyond the walls means to continue connecting after the paint has dried; to explore and unfold the stories and friendships that are created alongside the art; to look past the mistakes, the barriers, and realize the shared dreams.
It means bringing educators, artists, patrons, and community leaders together to support marginalized and court-involved kids, inspiring hope and offering opportunity to those who have been neglected, ignored and lost within systems of injustice. It means closing the gap by equipping them with design and life skills, providing a sense of purpose, and celebrating the dignity of all age groups through art making.