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  • Chris Reiss '08
  • Downtown Jacksonville with St. Johns River
  • 2020
  • Oil on canvas
  • 36 x 48 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Reiss created this piece to celebrate Jacksonville, Florida, his current home and the biggest city in which he has lived. He particularly loves the view of the St. John’s River and the railroad bridge suspended above it, which he depicts in Downtown Jacksonville with St. Johns River. Reiss enjoys examining the small details of a landscape and aims to create a verisimilar rendering by reproducing them. When capturing a colorful environment like this one, he draws upon the color mixing and swatching practices taught within Hendrix’s painting courses.

Chris Reiss enrolled in Hendrix College knowing that he wanted to study art. Throughout his undergraduate years, Reiss took courses in all the mediums that Hendrix offered, from painting to sculpture to photography. He also submitted art to the Aonian and participated in the college’s juried exhibitions. In the summer before his senior year, Reiss participated in a summer session at the New York Studio School, where he studied figure-painting under Joseph Santore and Eric Holzman. He also interned with Little Rock artist Sammy Peters while at Hendrix, and this experience continues to influence Reiss’s abstract work.

Chris Reiss graduated in 2008, earning a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting. In 2009, he attended Clarence Morgan’s summer session, “Between Nature and Abstraction,” at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina. Reiss then traveled around the country working as a cook before moving to Jacksonville, Florida in 2019. He now works as a full-time artist, primarily painting Jacksonville’s beautiful landscapes.