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Chris Topper 

"Few things appeal to me more than a well thought out and composed still image. I can get lost in it, become it, and discover more about myself as a human being. I am expressing visually what isn’t usually discussed. Moments when we feel out of place, as if we don’t know our purpose or destiny.

Our world is saturated with energy. Emanating from every entity, real and imagined. I want to hold on to the wonder I knew as a child and simultaneously scrutinize things from an adult perspective. When my work is viewed the intention is to give the audience a hopeful feeling, while being keenly aware of the challenges that were overcome or lie in wait. When a viewer includes their own interpretations, it is most inspiring.

Without being overly apathetic towards the negative, I hold on to the positive things that make us human. Our overwhelming range of emotions when it relates to sorrow, compassion, struggle, achievement, and happiness are prevalent themes. My desire to capture intangible feelings and translate them into visual stimulation is the crux of my work. I study drawing and painting daily not only for a love of the technical skill involved, but for what it enables you to create."