About me


I am a Brightlingsea based artist known for my innocent narrative figure paintings that nestle between abstraction and reality…

I invite you to take a peek into my world, to notice a moment captured in time and use your imagination to connect with the image and the narrative. Whilst my paintings may appear naive and childlike they provide an opportunity to slow down and take stock of the simple things in life. The majority of my paintings are richly textured and include many layers of paint and other media.

My work has twice appeared at the SWA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, I was shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize in 2021 and 2020 I won the Best in Show award for the Gibberd Gallery Open Exhibition 2020.

I have been painting since 2010 and am now a full-time professional artist having slowly transitioned from running my own market research business for over thirty years. In 2020 I moved to Brightlingsea on the North Essex coast, when I’m not here I can usually be found in Suffolk. My work is a reflection of my life; it is about all the things that are important to me. Inspiration includes Brightlingsea, my family, friends, home, travel, animals, communication and love. My work is in several private collections around the world and has twice been selected for the prestigious Society of Women Artists Annual exhibition.

Interview with The Perspective Project

I was honoured to be interviewed by Rachel of The Perspective Project; an organisation that tackles mental health stigma through art and creativity.

My conversation tells you more about my belief in the importance of good mental health and why it supports and informs my art practice. You can listen to my interview here: LISTEN NOW

Awards

In 2020 I was awarded Best in Show at the Gibberd Gallery’s annual Open Exhibition for ‘Just the Three of Us’.

prize winning painting just the three of us woman and two dogs by Chrissie Richards

‘Just the three of us’ mixed media on board 20 x 20cm 2020

Chrissie Richards artist with her prize for for Gibberd Gallery 2020 open prize

I was delighted and very surprised to win Best in Show. Here I am clutching my golden envelope!

Commissions

I am also available to accept commissions, please get in touch if you would like to discuss a specific project. 

A portrait commission of the beautiful Megan, painted in 2021.

An abstract painting commissioned by the Davies family in 2017.

artist Chrissie Richards in studio with her dogs working on a commission painting
Luna and Ruff look on as I finish this commission piece in 2017 for the Davies family

Training

I am largely self taught although I have taken courses with Anthony Connolly, Lupe Cunha and Nicola Slattery.  My work has continued to develop and evolve. In 2018 I have completed an intensive three month course called the Creative Visionary Programme with Nicholas Wilton of ART2LIFE. In 2021 I completed the Learning to See course with Gabriel Lipper focusing on combining realism and abstract together.

What my work is about

My work is about people and their connections to time, place and others. I am interested in how our past, present and future are intertwined, how all of our experiences are stitched together to make us who we are. I believe that the majority of people are fundamentally good and try create work that invokes a sense of hope and joy.

How I work

Working on multiple pieces at once enables each piece to inform the others. Mostly I paint on boards or canvas building up many layers. When a piece is finished it is glazed and fiI like to explore a theme or subject and work for a group of paintings. I take inspiration from where I live and what is around me, people I see or places I visit as well as Brightlingsea where and Suffolk where I spend a lot of my time. Working on multiple pieces at once enables each piece to inform the others. Mostly I paint on boards or canvas building up many layers. When a piece is finished it is glazed and finished with wax to give it a lovely rich creamy finish.

Why I do it

Making art is my response to the life I live. It is how I communicate my experiences and feelings. I might try to capture the fragrance and beauty of fresh flowers, something that made me laugh or something that moves me deeply, it’s all in my paintings. For 2021 I have decided to focus on painting people and my work is heavily influenced by the landscape around me and people working and relaxing by the sea.

Exhibitions:

2022

Exploring Memories – 3 Approaches

The Sail Loft, Manningtree, Essex

Art at Ink

Art Exhibition at the Ink Festival, Halesworth

The Art of Grieving

St Albans, Hertfordshire

2021

Sir John Hurt Art Prize shortlisted

Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk

2020

Sir John Hurt Art Prize shortlisted

Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk

Harlow Open 20 x 20 – winner Best in show 

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

Female Focus 

Gatehouse Arts, Harlow

2019

Present Arts – 7 November – 22 December

Parndon Mill, Harlow

Heart Research UK Secret Auction

Leeds and online

Cambridge Open Art – 11-13 October

Swavesey, Cambridge

Transference – 16 August – 4 September

Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

Nude or Fully Clothed

Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

Talented Art Fair 

Brick Lane, London

2018

Harlow Open 2018

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

Society of Women Artists 2018 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London

2018 Art2Life Academy Exhibition

Online

Heart Research UK Secret Auction

London and online

2017

Present Arts

Parndon Mill, Harlow

Contemporary Colour

Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester

Society of Women Artists 2017 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London