Organizations* : AOA, NAWA
Christopher Blossom follows a line of highly accomplished artists, a family likened to that famous American art family, the Wyeths. Both Blossom’s grandfather Earl and his father David were celebrated commercial artists. Their influence, in combination with Blossom’s own unique approach to easel painting, has led him to become regarded as one of the undisputed leaders of today’s generation of marine painters. In both his marine and landscape paintings, his goal is to transport the viewer to a place of natural beauty. His passion for history and his unique ability to visualize in three dimensions has allowed him to recreate scenes from maritime history with sincerity and feeling.
Growing up on the Connecticut coast, at age 12, Blossom became interested in marine painting, an interest aroused by his father’s artist friend, John Stobart, and his own experience crewing and ferrying boats from Connecticut to Maine and in Long Island Sound. After informal studies with his father, Blossom attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City. At the same time, he worked in the Industrial Design Studio of Robert Bourke, where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints of all kinds. By the time he finished, he was able to visualize an entire boat by using its plans alone as reference, and he could draw a craft from any angle. He worked as a freelance illustrator of books and magazines but wanted out of the city: “I went crazy with all the tall buildings in New York.”
In the late 1970’s, Blossom turned from illustration to marine painting and focused on the integrity of historical aspects of that subject, becoming a charter member and, later, president of the American Society of Marine Artists. He was soon accepted into the exclusive Society of Historical Artists. Still wanting out of New York, however, Blossom accepted an invitation from Forbes Inc. to participate in a plein-air painting trip to their corporate ranch in Colorado. This aroused an interest in landscape painting, and he gladly escaped from the city, even backpacking in Wyoming, which gave him more western landscape subject matter. He now combines those landscapes with his original focus of historical marine painting, and in 1989 was invited to show with the National Academy of Western Art at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In 1992, he became a NAWA member.
Blossom has been profiled in numerous marine publications, as well as Southwest Art, Art of the West and American Artist. Among his awards are a 1991 Gold Medal in Oil at the National Academy of Western Art and the 2001 Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West Invitational.
Reference: AskArt.com, Prix de West 2003 publication