My name is Chris Hammond and I think of myself as a visual learner who enjoys kayak touring, travel, photography, and graphic art projects. I like these things sort of all mixed together like a tossed salad.
Specific places and moments inspire me. I grew up on the river and the
sound, smell, and feeling of it still flows through me. There is a mystical
presence to these places. I really feel a kind of spiritual connection when I'm touring. I just never can get enough of it. So I'm still doing it.
I use a specially equipped kayak as a work space to sketch mostly waterway landscapes and aquascapes beneath the water. I apply some digital techniques back in the studio to enlarge and refine my sketchbook pages. The final result is often a large digital print or some other type of colorful graphic art product.
Although my inspiration is taken from direct observation of nature out in the field, my work is very layered, drawn from imagination, past experiences (childhood memories), and I suppose my sort of subconscious dream life. As I work through my projects, I am usually surprised to see what content emerges and takes shape. I like it that way. I try not to force it or over control it. When the process is working well, it becomes a meditation and I have the feeling some little self truth is coming to the surface of the page. So I would say my interest in this is the fun, curiosity, and surprise of it. I never know what the drawing will reveal next. So for me, it is just a great self discovery process.
I think maybe what I'm doing is worth sharing and I have a list of projects to finish. Generally, I want to publish and exhibit in a variety of forms including books, video, and social media gallery venues. Specifically, I have these projects in mind: I want to write a book called, Personal Publishing: Lessons From Nature. I want to create a travel blog called, The Artist's Kayak. I want to create a series of short YouTube videos called, Creative Tour & Sketch. But most pressing, I want to finish a set of slides, say 20 images, it is an aquascape portfolio called, Drawing Beneath My Kayak. The backbone of the set is in place. I have the terrible problem of one of the drawings being my favorite (by a long shot). I call this one, Entrance. I find myself thinking why can't they all be that good? Did I just get lucky?
Anyway, I'm looking for help to bring the entire portfolio up to the same level of quality as Entrance.