Chris Foster’s first life was as an International Flight Attendant, where she flew all over the world for 23 years. Her first calligraphy class in 1978 was to help deal with her hectic lifestyle and the ever-present jet-lag. Instead, calligraphy became her entrance into the world of art.
Her life took a turn in 1992, when what turned out to be her last working flight crashed with a full load of 300 passengers and crew. (For more detailed information: http://www.twaflight843.com The aircraft was quickly engulfed in flames. “It occurred to me that my universe was telling me it was time to move onto something new,” Chris recalls.
Next for her, would be a career in art! She threw herself into classes in brush lettering, bookmaking, paste paper, watercolor, color theory, fabric painting and even stone carving, which culminated in a Certificate from U. C. Berkeley in Graphic Design.
Presently, Chris is painting abstractly and incorporating very little lettering or no lettering. Calligraphy has been her entry in to the world of painting but the journey continues with more intuitive painting.
“Life Lessons” Exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma 2018 (Folsom, Ca), Artistic Journey” Juried Northern California Arts Membership Show 2018 (First Place for Level 2-Intermediate), “Words with Art,” The Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex Invitational 2018, (Sacramento, Ca), “Awash with Color’ Show-WASH Membership Show SFAC 2018 (Carmichael, Ca), “Lottery for the Arts” 2016, 2018, Blue Line Gallery, (Roseville, Ca), Placer Principle Exhibit 2017, Blue Line Gallery, (Roseville, Ca), “Bold Expressions” 2017 (NCA), 62nd Annual International Juried Exhibit (Honorable Mention) Sacramento Fine Art Center, (Carmichael, Ca), 2017 Art League of Lincoln, “Anything Goes”- Mixed Media Art Juried Show, (Lincoln, Ca), 2017 Rocklin Fine Arts Juried Art Show (Rocklin, Ca), “Bold Expressions” Juried Show 2015, Northern California Arts, Sacramento Fine Art Center, (Carmichael, Ca), Magnum Opus (#26, 27, 28 & 29 (Award of Merit) International Juried Exhibitions (Carmichael, Ca), General Gomez Gallery, Aqua Vista Show, 2016 (Auburn, Ca), Fe Gallery (Sacramento, Ca), Old Town Gallery (Auburn, Ca), Sun City Fine Arts Exhibits (2014- 2018), (Roseville, Ca), High Mountain Well Being Center (Sacramento, Ca), “Go With the Flow” - 2015 & 2016, Sacramento Fine Art Center (Carmichael, Ca), “Out of the Blue Show” Blue Line Gallery (Roseville, Ca), “Membership Medley” Shows (2014-2018) Blue Line Gallery (Roseville, Ca), “Expression” Show Maidu Community (Roseville, Ca), Autumn Art Studio Tours - eight years (Placer County, Ca), Lincoln Fine Art Gallery: AAST Preview Show (Lincoln, Ca), Art Studio Trek 2007-2012, Art in the Garden Event (Roseville, Ca), Disappearing Landscapes Art Show -2008, (Auburn, Ca), Quarry Ponds Market Hall (Granite Bay, Ca), Artfuli Gallery (Roseville, Ca), GiftsEclectic.com - Online, Eisley Nursery (Auburn, Ca), Bushnell Nursery (Granite Bay, Ca), ArtWalk Reading Room (Auburn, Ca), Flower Farm Coffee House (Loomis, Ca), HGA Boutique (Roseville, Ca), MacKenzie’s Gallery (Folsom, Ca), Motherlode National Art Exhibit (Placerville, Ca), North Tahoe Arts, “Vistas and Visions”- two person show, (Tahoe, Ca), “The Written Word Remains” Exhibit (Lake Oswego, Oregon), Word for Word Juried Exhibit, Troy-Hayner Cultural Center (Troy, Ohio), Kalligraphia Shows, San Francisco Public Library, multiple years (San Francisco, Ca), Palo Alto Medical Center (Palo Alto, Ca), Pajaro Gallery (Santa Cruz, Ca), Granite Bay Library, Tower Theatre Gallery, 405 Gallery (Roseville, Ca), Ridley Gallery/Sierra College (Rocklin, Ca), The Arts Building Gallery (Auburn, Ca), Artists Collaborative Gallery (Sacramento, Ca), Our House Defines Art Gallery (Cameron Park, Ca), ArtWords Exhibit, Filoli Gardens (Woodside, Ca), Latitudes Restaurant Gallery (Auburn, Ca), Association of Calligraphic Arts (website), International Calligraphy Conferences throughout the US and Canada, Sierra College Foundation Taste of Excellence, multiple years (Rocklin, Ca), Featured Interview in Style Magazine (2015), Featured in Letter Arts Review Publication (Vol 26, #3) and Art Studio Trek Publication 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1479318629
To me, Art, is about “Emotion.” We are all emotional beings. The Art that I love, is the Art that touches my soul. There has to be a connection. This connection is why I paint.
I entered the art world after 30 years of calligraphy classes. Consequently, my paintings contained lettering. The words of others, my own words and eventually Jazz Writing, which is gestural marks.
Now, I am painting more without the words. It is more about the emotion and communicating through color and shape. Working more intuitively, I am drawn to abstraction. I use acrylic paint on canvas but I also apply texture mediums to give the surface interest. There is an unpredictability to painting on this texture that challenges me.
Each person interprets Art through their own experiences. My goal however, is to evoke a personal response from the viewer. Something personal they can take away with them. I would be pleased if it affirmed something about themselves that they did not acknowledge before and consequently enrich their lives forever.
Chris K Foster