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Hello…

I’m Chris.

Like many of us, my life has taken an unexpected path in recent years.  Until the age of 48 I was following the corporate success track.  I went to college, worked for large companies and climbed the proverbial corporate ladder. 

Perhaps because I flunked art in grade school, I was certain I had no artistic ability and my mother would have confirmed that “fact” (another story – another time).

For some mysterious reason, I signed up for a watercolor class in 2007.  I can’t pinpoint exactly WHY the 10 week watercolor lessons beckoned me.  However, the drive to attend this class caused me to try three times to sign up.  After only three lessons, I was stunned to see the artwork being created.  I knew I was on to something big.  Call it “Divine Providence” or the way things are meant to be, this introduction to watercolors changed my life.

tropical flowersMy intuitive connection to watercolors was evident even in my first finished painting “Tropical Flowers”  

After only one and half years since taking up the brush, my piece called “Vermont Birches” was featured in The Artist’s Magazine.

vermont birchesSome call me “The Unexpected Artist”.  While I sure didn’t expect to become a professional artist, the spiritual aspect of my art is a path familiar to me since early childhood.  My soul is expressed in each watercolor I create.  I never forget my art is an expression of the intuitive spirit that connects each of us to one another.

As an artist, the journey has been full of delightful surprises:

- After decades of corporate work where I was an overachiever and always self-critical, I didn’t judge myself when it came to my artwork.  WOW.  Still loving that!

- Free from self-critique, I was able to find something inside me that resonated with my spiritual beliefs.  This translates into my teaching. I encourage students to embrace the “happy accidents” and “flopportunities”.  Something beautifully expressive comes from going with the flow.

In January 2012, I set an intention to retire before full retirement age and plunged into the business end of my art.  I got help establishing the infrastructure and processes so I could focus on creating art and building relationships.  I knew delegating some tasks to others and not trying to do it all myself was critical.

The most important learning has been to let my intuition guide me.  When I quiet the mind and pay attention to the voice inside I experience miraculous outcomes.  People tell me I am inspirational.  It always surprises me.  Then again, I believe that’s how we change the world…one person at a time.  We all start with ourselves and lead by example. 

Here’s to the journey!

Chris Blevins' watercolor paintings have been displayed in many juried shows and prompted a lot of spirited bidding at charity auctions.  Collectors have commissioned her to paint everything from a 1972 Chevy Nova SS to a commemoration of a special trip to Seattle.  She is a featured artist for Goose Ridge Estates Vineyard and Winery Artist Series wines, one of which recently received a rating of 90 by the Wine Spectator.  She hosts painting party events in private, public, and corporate settings, as well as teaching more traditional watercolor workshops (not that she's ever really been  very traditional).  

A certified instructor, she teaches, plays and paints in Richland, Washington, USA, with her studio dog and workshop mascot, Cooper the Schweenie (shih tzu / dachshund). 

For some vibrant watercolor eye candy, visit Chris' gallery.  You can also follow her on Facebook.

Learn/see more:

In the book, “Living Live Unbound – The Passions that Drive Female Entrepreneurs”

In the article, “Richland woman finds herself unexpected artist,” in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

KEPR-TV spots on painting with alcohol ink

And more, on Chris’ Press page.

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