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About Me

Welcome to my world!

I'm Christopher Shotola-Hardt

As you can tell, I'm pretty passionate about birds! 

As a boy, I maintained an arsenal of feeders in the back yard, made notes about the species who visited, and drew them. I wanted to be an ornithologist. One thing led to another and I eventually earned my MFA in painting and spent 32 years as an art educator, while also maintaining my studio practice and professional gallery career. I have shown my work in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and in New York.

Birds have played a dominant role in my painting exhibitions over the past twenty years. My paintings are not field guide illustrations, rather they are bird-centric fine art works and portraits of birds in which I hope to engender emotion, memory, and empathy. I am deeply concerned for our planet’s ecological health and future. Through my muted color palette, my use of taxidermy specimens, my quotations of past eras of bird illustration, my nods to art historical periods, my suggestions of historical architecture, and my observations of east European flea market relics, I hope these pieces evoke moods and associations, harken bygone epochs and Zeitgeist. Depicting endangered and extinct birds alongside common birds with my brand of mark-making and surface effects, I aim to portray my avian subjects as somewhat vulnerable and fragile. 

“Portland’s ‘put a bird on it’ mentality, receives a firm rebuke in the hands of painter Christopher Shotola-Hardt, whose avian imagery is the product of careful  observation, deep appreciation and empathy. Never mere decoration, birds are both muse and indicator species for Shotola-Hardt, whose paintings combine complex visual references to art history, religion, architecture, decorative arts, and ecology.”            — Merridawn Duckler 


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Inspiration

Painting, music, art history, architecture, comparative world religions, ornithology, and ecology were chief areas of interest and collegiate study. Many of these disciplines come to bear in my studio work. 

Also visit my comprehensive website:
WWW.CHRISTOPHERSHOTOLA-HARDT.COM, where I give background info for each of my works and where you can see even more of what I do.

Techniques

I predominantly use acrylic paints and media, though many of my pieces also incorporate drawing media and collage elements.  When other painters come to my exhibitions -- painters who use oils -- they are often shocked to read on the exhibition label that I am not using oils. Acrylics are more versatile than any other medium, especially when one knows how to use all the gels, pastes, extenders, retarders, glazing media, and varnishes.

Career highlights

 My work is included in local, national, and international private collections, and regional public collections, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Salem, OR), Evergreen Air & Space Museum (McMinnville, OR), City of Wilsonville (OR), Center for Research in Environmental Sciences & Technologies (CREST) in Wilsonville, OR.
I have been commissioned to do illustrations for books and album covers, graphic design for nonprofits and music groups, and web design.

See more of my work at WWW.CHRISTOPHERSHOTOLA-HARDT.COM.  

I am represented by Blackfish Gallery in Portland, OR. WWW.BLACKFISH.COM

 Awards for my teaching from the National Art Education Association include Pacific Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year (2018), Oregon Art Educator of the Year (2009), Oregon Secondary Art Educator of the Year (2005).

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