About the Artist

Christopher is a colorblind marine artist, fisherman, diver, and data scientist residing in beautiful Central Florida.  Christopher paints colorful and breathtaking images of offshore fish such as mahi, marlin, and sailfish as well as sea turtles, sharks, coral reefs, and other beautiful Caribbean fishes. He began painting and sketching as a child in Hickory, North Carolina, far from the ocean. He often found himself in the family pool, imagining that he could live and breath underwater much like the colorful fishes he would see on TV accompanied by the voice of David Attenborough. Over the years, Christopher found ways to express his affinity of creating artistic expression by designing tattoos, corporate identities, websites and even apparel.

But it wasn’t until his NAUI certification in November of 2000 that he found a hobby that best suited his talents. While learning how to dive over the first few years of his certification, Christopher committed himself to learning to identify the countless marine fishes, invertebrates and corals on the reef. “The interesting thing about studying reef fish identification is that you couldn’t help but notice their personal beauty. Their iridescence, the gaudy colors, and their own independent evolutionary path makes all these creatures remarkable.”

His attention to the minute details of the creatures he paints sets him apart from other artists as Christopher prides himself on the accuracy of his subjects. Maintaining appropriate coloring, behavioral and schooling habits as well as the creature’s location on the reef helps him build a believable presentation of reef life. His commitment to not only the geographic accuracy but the visual representation of the creatures he paints is appreciated by all lovers of the ocean.

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  1. I am also color blind and an artist. I think that we color blind artists should form a group and share information on how we cope and create artwork.

    I have tried different techniques over the years and I think I might have a very good idea for us. Black and White paintings look great for the exception of color. Just a touch of color will turn a black and white painting into a masterpiece.

    We can try painting like the old masters used to. Limit our color palette to a few token colors for damage control and to better manage the color combinations. Concentrate on form and composition vs vivid color. This works beautifully! Many of the masterpieces of old are only a few colors. Rembrandt only used Yellow, Black , White and Red for his palette. Think limited palette!

    The old masters painted differently than we do today. They used to paint the entire scene in black and white called (grisalle). When the gray underpainting dried, they would glaze clear colors over the black and white underpainting. It would be like painting in watercolors over a black and white photograph. It worked so well that many of their works still remain unrivaled.

    One more thing about the black and white underpainting, it allows the artist to work out the values better. That is why the light is so incredible in the Old Master paintings. They concentrated on creating an almost theater lighting for their figures. Read up on Classical painting or Indirect painting.

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