Artist of Taos: Chris Morel

Chris Morel poses for a portrait Tuesday (March 12) in his Vadito studio. Morgan Timms / The Taos News

Chris Morel is a multiple-award-winning Taos landscape painter who left his home state of Maryland a few years after graduating art school and headed for Austin, Texas. There he became staff illustrator for Texas Park and Wildlife Department for several years.

Moving to Taos in 1994 was the major influence on his artistic process.

“In Northern New Mexico I was inspired to fully develop my plein aire painting, and my subject matter transformed through the influence of the high desert landscape. My preferred subjects are the mountain valleys of New Mexico, their plant life and the adobe structures of those who live there.”

“I have become clearly convinced that, most importantly, I must always be a student of painting. I want to build on the knowledge I’ve acquired and continue to grow and improve my skills so I can make better paintings. I’m a work in progress.”

Morel often shows at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, at the Albuquerque Museum and at Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum. He is featured in numerous fine art publications, including Southwest Art, American Art Collector and International Artist.

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