Hello, I'm Chris Chalk, a professional artist living and working in the beautiful village of Cilgerran, in Pembrokeshire, which is in west Wales. I create beautiful paintings for people, helping them brighten homes, capture memories, and give the perfect gift.
I work closely with my clients, and in all my paintings strive to create a unique snap shot of a scene, not one that is photographic and rigid, but one that is painterly and full of marks and brush-strokes, that impart a little bit of my passion and myself into each painting.
I have always had a fascination with wildlife, nature and the outdoors, and growing up on a dairy farm in Wales I spent much of my time roaming the fields and woodlands, sketching, and painting anything that would stay still long enough to let me.
When I left school at 16, I started work as a gamekeeper on Lord Harlech's estate, in Oswestry Shropshire, where I worked for two years. At 18 I changed direction completely, and headed to college for 2 years to complete an apprenticeship as a plumber and heating engineer, I then worked as a heating engineer for 4 years in Swindon, in Wiltshire. Over this early period in my life my passion for art was always with me, and I used to paint and draw when I could, but in truth there weren't enough hours in the day.
Craving adventure, I changed career path in my early 20's and joined the armed forces, serving as a marine engineer in the Royal Navy for 5 adventure filled years. Unfortunately, during my naval service I developed severe rheumatoid arthritis, which cut short my career, and I was medically discharged out of the Navy in the late 1990's.
Undaunted, and my quest for adventure still burning strongly, I bought a plane ticket with my final naval pay-cheque, grabbed my rucksack, and set off south to New Zealand, to live and work for a year. As these things have a habit of doing, 1 year led to 2,..2 years to 3, ..and so on, and I ended up staying south of the equator for the next 6 years, living in both New Zealand and Australia.
Fortunately, this period gave me much more time to once again pick up the brush and paint, and whilst living in Melbourne, in Australia, I studied art at the CAE. It was at this time, in the early 2000's, that art became the major driving force in my life, and when I made the decision to move back to the UK to paint full-time.
My art studio in Cilgerran is my operations HQ, where clients can come a visit, view and buy my work, and where most of my painting is done. Paintings are worked up from small oil painting sketches painted out in the field using a pochade box, and from photographs I've taken on my adventures in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and further afield in Wales, most often a combination of both.
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You can see from the paintings on this website that I paint a variety of subjects, from landscapes to wildlife art, I also undertake pet portrait and portrait commissions.
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