The Place of Understanding
Landscapes of Pepperwood
Christopher Leith Evans
Showing now through July 14th, 2017 at Pepperwood's Dwight Center for Conservation Science Gallery.
Over the past year and a half, Pepperwood Artist-in-Residence Christopher Leith Evans has captured the timeless wisdom and beauty of the Pepperwood lands through a collection of paintings that are nothing short of stunning—in fact, we think they are world-class!
35% of artwork sales will be donated to Pepperwood.
Perhaps once in a generation an American artist emerges with such capacity to feel natural places that landscape art becomes transcendent. Christopher Evans is that artist in our generation and his images of Pepperwood are truly stunning.
- Benjamin Benson, Pepperwood Cultural Resources Coordinator
Christopher Leith Evans has a remarkable talent for translating the subtleties of nature’s light and color to the canvas and the screen. Cultivating that talent led to five solo shows of landscape oil paintings in New York and a glowing review by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith. Evans has worked with film directors George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron as a visual effects artist and consultant. In this field, he earned an Emmy, an Oscar nomination and an honorary Doctorate from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.
Special projects pertaining to indigenous peoples and ancient cultures have included work for National Geographic Magazine, The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and The Borneo Project, a Berkeley-based NGO. It is his pleasure and privilege to turn his eye now to the captivating beauty of Pepperwood as a way of supporting this nonprofit organization whose purpose aligns with his own passion to conserve and protect the natural world.
Evans was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1954. Raised on Long Island, he earned a BA and Master’s degree in art at UCLA, where his mentors included David Hockney, Tom Wudl, William Brice and James Doolin. Evans’s work has been shown in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and his wife Tamara live on the Russian River outside Healdsburg.
Banner image: Sunset Through Storm Clouds, Three Tree Hill, 2017, oil on canvas, 22 x 57
Middle image: Buckeye Leaves and Branches, 2017, oil on canvas, 34 x 30
Bottom image: Vista Beneath an Ancient Oak, 2017, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 70