Eric Christensen is a celebrated Napa Valley wine artist. He is the only known artist capable of hyper-realism using traditional, transparent watercolor. Due to his strong background in painting, botany and gourmet cooking, Christensen exquisitely captures the romance of wine country in his landscapes and still-life. Join us at the gallery on August 24th and 25th as we host Eric Christensen for live painting and dedications.
Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992. Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. He employs his ‘patented’ Christensen watercolor technique which 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 hyper realism through the use of standard transparent 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 a 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, Eric 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. You can now find Christensen prints in galleries throughout the US.
Eric Christensen’s watercolor “wine art” begins where most contemporary wine artists leave off. Christensen 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 watercolor 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.