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About the Artist
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. I have lived here
most of my life, aside from a few years spent residing in Brooklyn, NY. I've had an avid interest in art from a very early age. I won't say that I'm a self-taught artist, as I feel all artists are self-taught.
Like many things, art is learned through experimentation. Someone can teach you basic principles, but you have to teach yourself how to apply them. One also can't be afraid to draw something that "looks bad". Something that looks "bad", can look "great" with only a marginal adjustment. I like to think of it as taking the gaming winning shot. A minute adjustment can make the difference between a make or miss, a win or a ...well, learning experience. Art is similar, a slight adjustment can make a HUGE difference in the outcome. That said, most (...if not all), artwork is a learning experience. Don't be afraid to learn!
Being an artist is truly a journey. Our perceptions, inspirations and motivations continually change over time. So will the art we make.
Chris Dudley was born in 1976. He began drawing before entering preschool and has never stopped. Dudley, as his wife calls him, has a passion for drawing and illustration, but dabbles in "all things art". He's had the privilege to draw many commission portraits over the years. While he still does commission work, he currently spends much of his time illustrating and teaching as well.
"Drawing has been a major part of my life for nearly four decades. While I appreciate all artistic media, I will always have a love for pencil drawing. Pencil is the most basic and accessible tool for drawing. Regardless of one's age, gender, race, background or even social status; we can all get our hands on a pencil! Drawing is where all artists start their journey.
Though often marginalized, drawing is a vital part of society. Buildings we enter, clothes we wear and the things we use all had to be drawn before they were brought into existence. Art touches every part of our lives and goes well beyond the decorative pieces on our walls.
My goal is to capture the emotion of my subjects and thereby initiate a sequence of emotions in the viewer. Most art is viewed in the absence of the artist. I therefore always consider what is conveyed without explanation. Visual stimulation is just the beginning, the viewer's life experiences and disposition in the presence of the piece provide the rest of the equation. It is in this way, that "we" (artist and viewer) collaborate to create an experience."