Eric Christensen began painting professionally
Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation
as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. Self-taught, he invented a watercolor
technique that allows him to create images of vibrant color that go beyond
the look and depth of a high quality photograph. Christensen now finds himself
unique in his field. In fact he is the only known artist capable of hyperrealism
through the use of standard watercolor.
Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, as well as botany,
classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Over time he has acquired a commanding knowledge in each of these fields,
which has blended to make him the preeminent artist of today. In addition
to his interests, Christensen also derives inspiration from the wine country
surrounding his home which is invariably portrayed in his paintings. As
Christensen asserts, “it’s about the lifestyle”.
Once he realized that he could concentrate his passion for painting into
a career, Christensen opened his own Art Gallery in Yountville, California,
a small picturesque town in the heart of the Napa Valley. This venture proved
very successful netting Christensen exposure in national magazines and newspapers
and a national television spot on “WINE COUNTRY LIVING”. Christensen however,
decided to close his gallery in 2003, allowing him to devote his full attention
to painting. Christensen continues to paint stunning images that remind
us of the Wine Country lifestyle and delight those who collect his art.
He now offers his extraordinary artwork in galleries throughout the US.
Christensen’s “wine art”” begins where most contemporary wine artists
leave off. Eric loves to capture the romance of the wine country, which
he points out, , “is so much more than just the wine”. Collectors
of Christensen’s art typically own several of his creations and enjoy the
varied themes they portray; lifelike landscapes and intimate still life
paintings that incorporate a variety of elements including food, flowers
or fruit with appropriate background settings.