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September 13, 2012

Meet the correspondents: Dominican Republic > Chris Buchholz


"My name is Chris Buchholz, and I currently live in the Dominican Republic with my beautiful wife Heydi. Several years ago I was working as an Illustrator and graphic designer for a design company in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, where I had also received my design education in a small community college.

I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was a child and I’ve always loved it. But while working for that design company something happened to me that would forever change my life and the way I thought about art. I went to a design conference in Atlanta where I attended a presentation by one Danny Gregory. 

His presentation opened up my mind to, what was for me, a new and interesting art form; the sketchbook. As he showed page after page of beautiful drawings, drawings  of normal everyday objects,  of food, of pants, of public urinals, quick drawings of landmarks and buildings on journey’s taken, I began to wonder what I had been doing for the last 20 years of my life. I had seen some of the world, I’d been all over the United States, seen the Canadian Rockies, I went backpacking through Italy, bought my first house, met new friends and spent time with family; I had experienced life in all its triumphs and trials, but where were the drawings?  I hadn’t drawn anything! I suppose I was doing “art”, which more often than not meant that I was waiting for a big idea or concept to come along, which rarely did.  But I had missed out on the good stuff. I too wanted to draw my food, and my pants, and possibly draw a public urinal.

I decided to jump in to my first sketchbook. I decided it would be based on my first house, which I had just recently put up for sale. It was actually slated to be sold in about a month’s time. I decided to use this last month to document everything about the house that I loved, each room, each wall color, each magnet on the fridge, the contents of the drawers, furniture, lighting fixtures, and yes, even the toilet. Although it meant putting off the packing and moving to the last weekend  before  settlement, I can now say that that month spent drawing and painting was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable times that I have ever had.
Anyhow, It’s been about 5 or 6 years since I’ve filled that first sketchbook, and ever since I’ve been drawing in sketchbooks. Drawing has helped me to re-analyze my life at times. I decided at one point to cut back the time I spent working  as a graphic designer to just three days a week so I could spend more time on the more important things in life. Three years ago I decided to quit my job completely, move to the Dominican Republic and volunteer my time as a missionary.

Drawing is wonderful here in the DR, there’s never a lack of interesting things to draw. I like working mostly in moleskines, mainly the pocket sized ones. I use faber castell pitt pens, and recently I’ve been using a lamy safari fine-point, which I love so far. I use prismacolor colored pencils, and winsor and newton watercolors. I hope you enjoy my drawings!"

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24 comments :

Luis Ruiz said...

Welcome, Chris! Looking forward for more of your wonderful dominican sketches...

adebanji said...

Welcome to the fold! looking forward to seeing more of your sketches!

adebanji said...

Welcome to the fold! looking forward to seeing more of your sketches!

AVBK said...

Great, great story and really lovely sketches. Any chance of seeing some of those first house drawings - you've whetted my appetite!

Chris Buchholz said...

Thanks so much everyone! AVBK here's a link to those house drawings...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/sets/72157601965187949/

Orling Dominguez said...

Welcome Chris, so nice to have more sketchers reporting from the DR... welcome aboard!

Richard Sheppard said...

Congratulations Chris, your work is beautiful!

Nina Johansson said...

Welcome Chris! I have been oogling your drawings on flickr for a long time, it is lovely to see them here!

Firefly Workshop said...

Welcome to the USK family Chris!

elaineisat said...

Hello! :D

kane said...

Welcome Chris. Great drawing.

Suhita said...

Welcome, Chris, looking forward to lots more posts here!

Chris Buchholz said...

thanks you all so much for the warm welcome! I've been a fan of this site and of your drawings for some time now.

INMA SERRANO said...

Me encanta welcome!!!!!!!! Bienvenido!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Looking forward to seeing more of your superb sketches! Welcome.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Your intro is so interesting Chris. I am really looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

bh yoo said...

Welcome Chris! Love your drawings.Hope you to share more.

VHein said...

It's great to meet you here, Chris, and what an inspiring story! I certainly look forward to seeing more of your posts!

kumi matsukawa said...

I felt the same way about your description: what had missed out before. So happy that now we'll be able to see your good stuff drawing here! Welcome, Chris!

Behzad Bagheri said...

Nice to meet you and your beautiful works. Welcome to Usk, Chris!

omar said...

Welcome Chris! looking forward to see your drawings!

Liz Steel said...

Hey Chris- I am SOOOO excited you are going the gang. You were one of my very first flickr contacts and have always loved your work!!!!!

DonaldSketchArt said...

I like the colorfulness of your drawings. Hope to see more and more of your DR sketches here.

Interview with a stranger. said...

Hi Chris,

Quote:
"I hadn’t drawn anything! I suppose I was doing “art”, which more often than not meant that I was waiting for a big idea or concept to come along, which rarely did."

Do you not think that what you have said is a clear indication that your education was poor? An indication of the times in which we live. A narcissistic culture that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

I know from experience that what you have been doing since your realization is where those big ideas and concepts actually come from.

Action and reflection which is the bases of all understanding, learning, surely educators should know this.

Your drawings are fabulous and only a hundred years ago your drawings would have had great value. Not that they don't now but like I have already said, the cost of everything and value of nothing.

An interesting realization by the way.

Thanks, Gareth.