Thank you Dan Christ. His artwork is on display every year and he is a regular donor to our chapter auction.
Dan was our guest speaker at this exciting and informative dinner.
Dan Christ has been portraying God’s creation through art for forty-three years. His forestry education has trained his eye to observe the details of habitat and gives him the understanding of the web of life each habitat involves. His paintings of wildlife generally are inspired by the setting or habitat which become the basis for the painting. Generally, more creative thought is put into portraying the habitat in the painting than the actual animal portrait.
Since a teenager he has spent much time afield pursuing game. His hunting experiences have been a major source of his inspirations so the real trophies on his walls are paintings of ones that got away.
He carries a camera while hunting and captures the inspiration, photographing the setting of the experience into which he can paint his trophy.
Painting elk, his favorite subject, began in college when his US Forest Service career introduced him to the high Rockies of Colorado. Since then, the elk habitat that he has hunted from New Mexico to Montana have been his inspirations for many a painting.
Painting experiences give each one a story. Whether it is from Alaska, South Africa or the backyard, a story waits to be told. One of his most recent experiences has been a trip to Antarctica. Just a glimpse of this lost continent has inspired him to create 8 paintings. It has been an eye opener to the unique world we live in – God’s Creation story and the amazing creatures that live here.