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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"

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