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Chris Murfit

The Artist

I am a watercolour artist.  My subjects are varied – from landscapes to architecture to still life.  When people see my work, I’d like them to feel familiar with the subject; as if they have been there before or as if they could step into the painting and feel at home.  I’d like the viewer to be reminded of an object or event that makes them feel a connection to the painting.

I began exploring watercolour painting when I was creating backgrounds for my work in animation.  By working on the backgrounds I enjoyed the challenge of controlling a fluid medium.  When I create a painting, I don’t work from preliminary sketches or paintings.  I often work from multiple photographs or actual objects.  I then like to produce the painting completely in my mind before I start transferring these ideas to paper. At this point, I make a very detailed drawing.  My artistic process is not spontaneous.  It is well thought out and planned in detail.  I do however let the watercolour paint flow and blend, as is its nature.  Light and texture figure prominently in my work and I hope to invite the viewer to enter into the scene.

When I am painting, I get lost in the process and lose my sense of time and place.  There is a sentiment of fun when a painting is going well.  My hope is that when someone sees one of my paintings, it evokes feelings of happiness and recognition.

His Art

Different Strokes Art Gallery is privileged to feature Chris’ work. Interested buyers may obtain further information at the Gallery, by phone at 403.556.2233 or email

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Different Strokes Art Gallery is committed to broadening the confines of what individuals think of when they hear the term "Gallery". We believe that art is not necessarily meant to be quiet and passive - a gallery should have the same passion for its exhibited artworks that the artists have for their own work. Different Strokes exhibits all forms of art by artists and artisans, mainly from Alberta, focusing on the artist and not just the art work. We welcome all art lovers to come in, be our guest, and appreciate the many different shapes, forms and sizes that art can take.

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