Subject Tags: series, apple, candy, restored, red, chevrolet, brandley, chris, strokes, brush, presents, gifts, christmas, truck, snow, winter, painterly, impressionism, vintage, wreath, holidays, chevy
Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.15"D
Year Created: 2018
"First Snow"; 12x16 Oil on Museum quality board. The actual 1950 Chevy belongs to my friend, Jeani Cruce. It was old and rusty and had tree branches growing through it's windows. Jeani's husband rescued it and with some help, restored it to this beautiful candy apple red. I have been wanting to paint it for a while...just in time for Christmas!
Chris Brandley was born in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1967. Being the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Chris grew up all over the world, where she was exposed to the Old Masters from an early age as her parents took her to museums everywhere they went. She was drawn to the Impressionist painters, and how they painted everyday life scenes and captured the light and use of color in expressive ways. In 1977 her family moved to Holland, where the breath-taking beauty was etched into her memories. Her experience in Europe plays an instrumental part in her current work. In 1989 Chris graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Baylor University, and taught art in the public school system in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 11 years. In 2002 she stepped down from teaching school, and established her own business which included everything from painting commercial and residential murals and faux finishes, to painting oil on canvas. After demand for her paintings grew, she decided to make another transition in 2012 and relinquish the faux and mural side of her business. Ms. Brandley’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, with her focus being on her expression of how a moment in time makes her feel, using light and vivid color. Chris has been commissioned by designers in both commercial and high end residential homes for oil paintings, murals, and decorative finishes, and has been represented by art galleries throughout Texas. She is an award winning artist, and has participated in several art shows and exhibitions. Her work has been used in television backdrops and documentaries (i.e. Daystar Television Network and EWTN Global Catholic Television Network), and has also been licensed to international tile companies. Chris Brandley currently resides in Keller, Texas, with her husband Tyler, their daughter, Maddison, and Yorki-Poo, Tibby.