Chris knows what it takes to live and work as an illustrator in New York City—in his words, “It’s going to take a while, but if you really love it, you’ll figure out a way to do it.” And he has. His work combines nature, symbolism, and a dash of surreal imagery that we just can’t resist. When we talked, Chris was thoughtful and kind; he opened up about his journey as an artist that started with painting side by side with his grandfather. Honestly, and with great insight, Chris recounted his path from being a kid fresh out of college to finally finding his footing as a full-time freelance illustrator. And with wit and humor, he told stories about his “wax on, wax off” lesson, how a wicked knee injury became a catalyst for an illustration “aha” moment, and his foray into the wild, but wonderful, world of teaching. Thanks, Chris, and cheers to not having a Plan B.
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