Chris had always been fascinated by the quality of light; the way the light changes throughout the day and the contrasts it creates. She loves the dramatic light you have before a storm where you have dark, brooding clouds and beautiful flashes of sunlight on the landscape. With her abstracted landscapes, Chris is trying to capture the atmosphere of moments, the never-ending skies and sense of space. It’s all about contrasts, whether it is light and dark or colour contrasts.
Chris is very influenced by the countryside of Sussex where she lives. Whether it’s the gentle rolling South Downs or the beaches around Brighton. She loves creating abstracted landscapes of these areas and incorporates the wonderful shapes of fluid art with brush work and mark making. The majority of Chris’ work is based on landscapes however she also loves creating abstract paintings, playing with colour and shapes.
Chris’ formal background in art started with a Foundation in Arts based in Worthing and she went on to complete a degree in Graphic Design at Nottingham. Chris set up own graphic design business in 1997 but stopped in 2019 so she could concentrate on painting full time.
In 2019 Chris set up a partnership with fellow artist Samantha Butcher. They created ‘criSam Acrylic Pouring’ and run Acrylic Pouring taster sessions.
In February 2020, Chris set up a YouTube channel, on which she publishes weekly videos and showing how she creates her paintings along with tutorial videos. When the channel was set-up, it was under the name ‘criSam Acrylic Pouring’ but this was changed in September 2021 to ‘ChrisSchneider.Art’.
In 2021, Chris started running Abstracted Landscape courses using fluid art. Chris finds these courses great fun to do and she finds it a joy to pass onto people her love of this art technique.
September 2023, Chris took part in the first ever UK Fluid Art Event. She helped organise the event along with fellow artists, Julie Vatcher and Monique Oliver. It took place on Tues 26th September in Newent, Gloucestershire. Throughout the day, Chris ran 3 flip cup landscape workshops.