Christopher Reid is an internationally recognized artist that paints everything from portraits to landscapes to wildlife. Reid paints in pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal. His style has been described as “contemporary realism with an emphasis on color and depth.”
Reid was born in South Africa, but moved to the US with his family at an early age. There he studied art at the famous Savannah College of Art & Design. He moved back to South Africa in 2015 to spend time with family and explore his homeland’s scenery and culture and now lives in Hermanus.
“I am passionate about art, enjoy the act of creation, and hope to help people who view my artwork appreciate the beauty already around them. Too many people stumble through life without enjoying nature. Art is a form of communication and it is as important what you say as how you say it. I am an optimist at heart and I choose to use my art to talk about beauty. Since nature provides the inspiration for art, I enjoy painting en plein air so that I can be out in nature and incorporate all the senses into my paintings and better communicate an experience of the place. When I paint from photographs, I am able to incorporate all the information I have observed from direct experience about color and light into my paintings. My portraits are informed by the thousands of life drawings I have done. For me art is a way to communicate a direct experience in a way that words cannot.”