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About Me

Chris Pankow

Welcome to my art gallery!

In my childhood I passed many happy hours with pen, pencil, or brush in hand drawing and painting. I took numerous art classes in school and learned a lot from my father, an accomplished amateur painter who had a collection of dog-eared art books, which I too spent a lot of time poring over. I continued doing a fair amount of artwork through college and early in my working life.

Putting my degree in journalism to use, I spent nearly 40 years in the corporate world as a business communications writer, the last 25 as a proposal writer. Proposal writing required long hours and precluded much chance of doing artwork, and I promised myself that I would return to it in retirement. (The steady paychecks from the corporate jobs enabled another favorite activity: travel.) Retirement finally came in 2022, and I have come full circle with brush in hand again and many memorable travel experiences at home and abroad under my belt.

While I have worked in a variety of media, watercolor is easily my favorite. I love the many effects offered by the medium and its unpredictable nature, which always ensures surprises along the way and the occurrence of a few “happy accidents.” To my mind, watercolor’s unpredictability is what makes it the most interesting medium to work in and a continuous, ongoing adventure, because you can never be quite sure of what the end result is going to be. Of course, watercolor’s unpredictability is a two-edged sword—I’ve thrown away far more pieces than I’ve saved when the accidents weren’t so happy—but I’ve always wanted to keep going. Thankfully, I now have the time to do so.

To me, artistic creation is play time. I like to try new techniques and types of images. Every experience, no matter the outcome, teaches something. It’s all fun, and there’s no better feeling than when it all comes together in a piece. 

My portfolio is small, as the works you see on this website are the few survivors among the many throw-aways. Thanks for looking.

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