Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992. Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation for painting the California wine country . 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 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.
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 and fruit.
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, 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 transport us to the Napa Valley lifestyle.