Chris Paschke is an internationally accomplished artist and calligrapher who is published and licensed by Grand Image, Studio EL, and Wild Apple Graphics.
A member of the Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco, CA; Sumi Society of America; International Encaustic Association; and Fine Art Trade Guild (UK)
Chris actively keeps involved in all aspects of art and its place in the world.
Her fascination with both Eastern and Western letterforms has been a lifelong study and encouraged her to use the written word as subject matter. First intrigued by traditional western lettering, historical alphabets, and illuminated manuscripts her work was ultimately set free by studying with contemporary European master calligraphers in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Russia. And then she visited China the first time, resulting in a strong Asian influence throughout her body of work.
She has been strongly influenced by traditional Chinese masters and Japanese Sumi-e painting, crossed with the edgy abstract expressionism of Kline, Pollock, Rothko, Gottlieb, Motherwell and Jasper Johns—thus redefining both mediums into her own contemporary style. Her art is abstractly interpretive and often minimalist, as she uses gesso, resist, ink, watercolor, gouache, encaustic, collaged paper and gold leaf to achieve her images which include abstract, animal, flower, landscape, leaves, global, and calligraphic themes.
Chris has exhibited in numerous invitational and juried exhibitions; has been included in books and publications; is routinely licensed for commercial applications; and her originals are found in private collections around the world.
I was taught both in my first calligraphy class and then again in Sumi-e that after the initial concept sketches, an artist should work directly on their final substrate planning for a masterpiece…as you can never replicate the freshness, freedom and spontaneity that occurs in that first attempt. Regardless of the medium I continue to work from my inner soul, beginning from the enso—the nothing--and allowing the art to direct me where it needs to go.
As an artist everything I look at becomes inspiration; the way light reflects off a leaf, my cat sitting on the windowsill, distant mountains receding into fog, or a freshly cut avocado. Inspiration is everywhere if you just take the time to see it...but it's the final interpretation setting it apart from that sighted original that makes it real art. Art is my life, my soul.