Earned a B.F.A in Design for Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 1997. From there, while working in New York City, Chris began to study at The Art Students League and Spring Street Studio. In 2005, in a failed attempt to earn an M.F.A in art,  he found Chicago’s Palette and Chisel, a studio with an incredible community of artists steeped in history, run by artists. Based on what he learned at these studios, Chris is developing the same environment for artists here in the South Land – a place where artists can either begin training with basic classes, continue to hone skills with open studio sessions, or learn from accomplished artists through the studio’s workshops. By starting small and focusing on each individual member, Chris seeks to develop a community where artists thrive.