Limited Edition Giclée on Canvas
Size 1: 24" x 30" - Edition size: 150, $1,345
Size 2: 30" x 38" - Edition size: 80, $1,560
Along the Mayacamas Mountain Range, where the Pacific fog creeps up the Napa Valley in the late summer afternoon, a heavy mist disguises its calling card as deep green moss on majestic oak trees. An aged, gnarling oak branch frames a breathtaking view of the southern valley through a valance of leaves. The table top is adorned with acorn seedlings representing the native woodland circle-of-life in this world-renown wine region: from acorn to mighty oak tree; from oak tree to oak barrel – the guardian of the wine until it reaches maturity. A bottle of chardonnay, a bowl of farmer’s market fruit and a fresh loaf of crusty bread gives one pause to contemplate: This is indeed a “Flavorable Outlook.”
Featured wine: Far Niente chardonnay
Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992. Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. Self-taught, he invented a watercolor technique that allows him to create images of vibrant color that go beyond the look and depth of a high quality photograph. Christensen now finds himself unique in his field. In fact he is the only known artist capable of hyperrealism through the use of standard watercolor. Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, as well as botany, classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over time he has acquired a commanding knowledge in each of these fields, which has blended to make him the preeminent artist of today. In addition to his interests, Christensen also derives inspiration from the wine country surrounding his home which is invariably portrayed in his paintings. As Christensen asserts, “it’s about the lifestyle”. Once he realized that he could concentrate his passion for painting into a career, Christensen opened his own Art Gallery in Yountville, California, a small picturesque town in the heart of the Napa Valley. This venture proved very successful netting Christensen exposure in national magazines and newspapers and a national television spot on “WINE COUNTRY LIVING”. Christensen, however, decided to close his gallery in 2003, allowing him to devote his full attention to painting. Christensen continues to paint stunning images that remind us of the Wine Country lifestyle and delight those who collect his art. He now offers his extraordinary artwork in galleries throughout the US. Christensen’s “wine art”” begins where most contemporary wine artists leave off. Eric loves to capture the romance of the wine country, which he points out, “is so much more than just the wine”. Collectors of Christensen’s art typically own several of his creations and enjoy the varied themes they portray; lifelike landscapes and intimate still life paintings that incorporate a variety of elements including food, flowers or fruit with appropriate background settings.
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