"My cactus wren image was the result of a visit to Saguaro National Park, where I found this amiable specimen deftly and insouciantly scrambling over the most treacherous-looking clusters of cactus spines. Both flora and fauna were resplendent in clarion desert light."
Chris Vest has a 25-year background in traditional mediums, but more recently merged painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, he attempts to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting through a process he calls the "painted photo montage." Chris is currently contributing to a conservation field guide to be released soon by the American Bird Conservancy. He lives with his partner, Cathy, on a six-acre farm near Dolores, Colorado, where they maintain an animal rescue shelter.
A limited edition of 300 prints of "Cactus Wren" by R. Christopher Vest has been created. The actual image size is 14" x 9.625", the print size is 17" x 13", and the matted size is 18" x 14". Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. The full-color reproduction is printed on a neutral pH, acid-free paper.
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