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It is always humbling to receive letters of thanks from my clients, let alone be sent lovely photographs of themselves with their new paintings. I have been given permission to share some of these photographs with you here along side their kind words.
"Hi Chris, Jackie loved her painting of Ben. I managed to get it framed in a black wood grain chamfered frame, before Christmas and I wrapped it in gift wrap with another photo of Ben all over it; to make it an extra special gift. See attached photo of Ben with his Mum."
Liam Sparrow, Dunedin, New Zealand
"I am delighted with the pictures which represent a great example of your skill and artistic talent. They also remind me so much of happy times spent in West Wales many years ago."
David Williams, Christchurch, Dorset,UK
"I fell in love at first sight with my picture of the albatross. Chris really captured the majesty of the bird and the little details make it very special. It has pride of place in my living room."
Sam Bedingham, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
"Thanks you so much, Chris, we are delighted with our painting of Ty'n Cornel."
Charles & Elin, Elenydd Wilderness Hostels, Wales, UK
"After you left, I had a really good look at the pictures, I decided that it would be a shame not to have at least one hanging where I can see it and gain so much pleasure from it straight away, so I have managed to put 'Cenarth' in the dining area. It does look lovely, it really does, what a talent you have."
Sandra Griggs, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
"I am the very delighted to be the proud owner of one of Chris Chalk's masterpieces! He is an absolutely extraordinary artist. I love how he captures the true beauty in his incredible landscapes of Wales! ..I received this painting as a wonderful surprise on my Birthday, this year and was overcome with emotion....love, love, love his work!!, Tracy."
Tracy Morgan, Ontario, Canada.
"I love it Chris, thank you for all your hard work, it's perfect - thank you so much."
Beci, Cardigan, Wales, UK.
"Finally got him framed and he fits in our nautical type spare room a treat. I can't show you where he hangs because of the reflection, but I'm really happy"
James Mason, Nice, France
"The latest of many visits to my beloved Pembrokeshire, I have returned to Gloucestershire with two very contrasting mood pictures to help to draw me back. Pentre Ifan with its cloudy sky and glimpses of Carn Ingli and the sea at Newport connects me with the history and spirituality of the area. The Parrog at Newport with Dinas Island in the background is just full of happy family memories and good, warm times with my wife, Sara (no longer with us), and sons (Chris in Scotland, Simon in Chile). Your ability to capture light and use it to create mood is impressive. Thank you, Chris."
John Taylor, Gloucestershire, UK.
"I've tried the picture in various places around my house and have now found the perfect site for it, in my conservatory. Here it catches and reflects the light and almost glows. Among big leafy plants and bathed in light it looks just right. I'm pleased and delighted with it - thank you. (And I promise to explain its provenance to admiring visitors, not take the credit for it myself!). I shall follow your career with great interest and, who knows, may even treat myself to a matching pair if or when I have a bit of money spare - your picture already begins to look a little lonely on that wall."
Christine Chalk, Fakenham, Norfolk, UK.
"Hi Chris, I'd been scouring the internet looking for quality art, occasionally I liked one or two pieces out of an entire artist's collection. In sharp contrast I came across your work which I adore so much, after two trips to your south Wales studio and eight original "Chris Chalk" paintings later, my living room walls are festooned with large inspired and relaxing pieces of landscape artwork. The hardest part for me was creating the shortlist from which to make my final selections, thanks for your tea and patience whilst I struggled to make up my mind. Best wishes. Karen"
Karen Jackson, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, UK
"I love it, you really captured him!"
Gareth Davies, Wales, UK
"Thank you so much for my beautiful painting, Chris. It reminds me of our wonderful day out at Stumble Head with Jo, and saying hello to those very friendly woolly ponies."
Karen Neal, Marlborough, New Zealand.
"We are so pleased with our painting, you are a very talented artist and have exceeded our expectations, we would without a doubt recommend you to anyone, from start to finish you've been helpful and the regular updates showing the paintings progress were great. Thank you once again, Kind regards, Toni"
Dr Toni Bryant, Birmingham, UK.
"I enjoy this beautiful painting everyday and I'm in awe of the incredible talent of artist Chris Chalk, who created it. His Welsh landscape paintings are absolutely stunning and his pet portraits are truly phenomenal! I am so grateful to be able to say I own one of each. Many thanks to the amazingly creative and talented Chris Chalk."
Traci Morgan, Ontario, Canada
"Hi Chris, postie has just delivered my beautiful painting!!! all safe and sound......looks fabulous! thank you so much, now to hunt down a really nice frame to set it off, can't wait to show Martin when he gets home, I know he will love it too - THANK YOU!!!"
Kay Prior, East Sussex, UK.
"David was thrilled with your beautiful painting of Camusdarach Beach, between Arisaig and Morar in the West Highlands of Scotland. Camusdarach is one of David's favourite places, however as he now lives in New Zealand's South Island, he rarely has the chance to visit. Thank you, Chris, for creating such a gorgeous landscape of this beautiful and special place."
Angela Taylor, South Island, New Zealand.
"Beautifully presented, looks almost like the original piece of work, the colours are superb but mostly, it reminds me of my buddies who I was fortunate enough to spend a few lovely days with and this picture will always remind me. You have a wonderful talent at capturing that raw presence and beauty of Ceredigion."
Karen Berisford, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK.
"Chris, Portrait has just been 'unveiled' and we love it. In fact brought a few tears. Sprockett is now immortalized. Thank you very much."
Elaine Hamnett, Lincolnshire, England, UK.
"The painting was received a few days ago, so it took about 3 weeks to be delivered. I just picked it up from my sister, and we both love it. It's a calm scene, yet it has interest to discover as your eyes settle on the smaller details, and the texture of the paint is also very well done. Colors are wonderful and true to reality. I think John will be touched beyond belief that I went all the way to Wales (electronically speaking) to buy this for him. Tomorrow is our anniversary, so I don't need to wait long to give it to him."
Barbara Breen, Connecticut, U.S.A.
"Hiya Chris, Just wanted to say that I received the print of 'Summer at Strumble' from Catrin Rotie today. She wouldn't let me wait til next week to open it lol. What a beautiful scene and what a great 30th Birthday present. It's where myself and my partner went walking at Strumble when we first starting seeing each other, so it means a lot. Can't wait to get it framed and on my living room wall xxxxx"
Laura Jones, West Wales, UK
"Hi Chris, We received the painting today. We both think it's brilliant. You certainly have a great talent. We're going to look for a frame this weekend so hopefully it will be up on our wall within a week. We'd definitely buy something from you again, and I'll recommend you to friends and relatives. Many thanks again."
Martin & Gill, West Midlands, UK.
"Thank you so much for the beautiful painting, I absolutely love it, and it is the first piece of artwork I have ever owned. You have brought Scotland home to me!"
Kali Crofts, Queensland, Australia.
"I'd been admiring Chris' work for months before I bought the 'boy monk' painting. Once I'd decided which painting I wanted, Chris sent him straight away. It's a wonderful painting and looks great without a frame (for now!). He's been in most of the rooms of the house although seems settled now at the top of the stairs. Thanks Chris :)"
Allegra Gee, Bournemouth, England, UK.
"The painting arrived a couple of days after you posted it and it is a fabulous painting. I am extremely pleased with it. The picture on the website doesn't really do it justice. In real life the colours are a lot more vibrant with what looks like real whiskers and fur, as well as those eyes that follow you around. One very happy bunny"
David Altham, Chorley, Lancashire, UK.
"I received the print this morning and it's even more beautiful in real life than on the website! It was a present for my dad and he loves it too! Thank you again, so much."
Annabel James, Haverfordwest, Wales, UK.
"Hi Chris Just to let you know the painting and print arrived on the weekend but I was away so picked them up today. Very pleased with the painting, think our family friend will love it as a birthday present so thank you very much! And my Mum loves the print as well! Will be in touch in the future...quite fancy a coastline at some point, possibly Newgale!"
Sian Wynne, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
"Hi Chris, Just letting you know that we received the print on Fri.....Thanks very much! We love it! Have a great Christmas"
Alice and Sam, Sydney, Australia.
"Hi Chris, I have been anxiously awaiting for my painting to arrive in the mail...you weren't wrong about the 2wks it took for it to arrive I couldn't contain my excitement as I collected...I absolutely love this painting, the colours just scream out at you when u look at it, you are very talented and it shows in your paintings, the way you blend the colours...to bring the painting to life...thanks for my 'Autumn Forest Walk'....one can marvel at it for hours."
Rita M, Sydney, Australia.
"Hi Chris, Just to let you know that both the painting and my receipt turned up safely yesterday. Once again Thanks to you and Anne for your kind assistance. When I am next in the area I will certainly call into the gallery. We look forward to dealing with you in the future. Kind regards."
Linda Rees, Swansea University, UK.
"Hi Chris, I have received the print. Arrived promptly on Wednesday in excellent condition. The print itself is fantastic. I look forward to another purchase in the future! Kind regards"
Rhodri Rowlands, South Wales, UK.
"Hi Chris. The picture arrived this morning while we were still in London, a neighbour signed for it and has only just brought it round to us. A huge thank you, I will get it framed now and we will be presenting it on Friday next week, to the retiring chairman of British Lung Foundation Wales. I am sure he will be delighted with it."
Margaret Barnard, Neath, South Wales, UK.
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