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Magazine article Art Business News

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Eric Christensen's unique approach to painting with watercolors bends the traditional concept of how one expects a watercolor painting to look.The key to creating realism in his paintings is Christensen's innate ability to break his subjects down into their basic forms--such as color, texture, light and shadow--and to manipulate the brush to recreate them. Building layer upon layer of paint--in some cases up to 40--he is able to create near photo-like realism. Christensen's technique is without equal, and he is the only known artist capable of duplicating the effect of an oil painting using standard watercolor.

A native of Salt Lake City, UT, Christensen demonstrated many artistic talents as a youngster, but his extraordinary ability to paint realism developed greatly upon his move to California's Napa Valley. Here, he was delighted by the beauty and abundance around him, and he set out to capture what he saw in still life paintings using watercolors on "museum board." Christensen describes good composition as "a weighted balance between color, texture and light." For Christensen, the image has to make sense, and tell a story or create a mood.

While many of Christensen's admirers comment on his exquisite ability to paint glass or metal, it is the organics that he finds most challenging. He draws on all his ability to paint a piece of torn bread, a leaf or a flower petal, as it truly exists. The universal appeal of Christensen's artwork is becoming evident. …

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