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Living in Alaska, Chip Brock is often provoked by the natural world. “Sighting dall rams while hiking above barren slopes and craggy rocks, watching a giant moose sway to a challenging rival, watching caribou bulls prance across the red autumn tundra…these are memories that inspire my creativity,” he says. “Wildlife grabs everyone’s imagination at one time or another. Ask anyone visiting Alaska what they hope to see and you will get an answer that includes wildlife sightings. As a representational oil painter whose primary focus is North American wildlife, I work hard to share the animals and my experiences in the wild through my art.”
Since childhood Brock has had a
passion for art, which is often sparked by his fascination with wildlife and a sporting lifestyle. His experiences in the field are combined with reference material obtained from his photography and outdoor sketches. “Wildlife is not conducive to life painting; therefore reference gathering is taken seriously. Putting forth great effort, time and travel to place myself in position to observe and photograph my subjects in the wild is a labor of love and crucial to my work,” he says. “Once I decide to pursue an idea and have the required reference, the hard work of designing and creating the visual story I want to tell begins. The goal is to convey that story in a thoughtful and beautiful way that will ‘read’ correctly to the casual observer but be a rich, visual experience for those who observe with a more critical eye.”
Brock is represented by West Lives On Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming; Samarah Fine Art in Whitefish, Montana; and Turnagain Gallery in Bird Creek, Alaska.
Misty Morning Encounter, oil on linen panel, 16 x 12"
Into the World, oil on linen panel, 20½ x 31"
One Eyed Jack, oil on linen panel, 24 x 18"