Christopher Blossom grew up along the coast of Connecticut surrounded by art and boats. His father, David, and his grandfather, Earl, were both well-known illustrators, and his summers were spent sailing and exploring the New England coast. It seemed natural to combine the two elements, and almost without intention he specialized in the field of historical marine painting.
Although marine art tends to be highly demanding because of the need for technical knowledge of vessels, Blossom feels fortunate to have been able to study with his father and at Parsons School of Design in New York, both of which he credits for a good grounding in the principles of art. Studies with his father often included outdoor painting excursions, as well as invaluable critiques and suggestions while studying illustration at Parsons. After leaving Parsons, Blossom pursued a career in illustration, working for many of the book publishers in New York, and gradually shifting his work into galleries and shows across the country.
In addition to one-man exhibitions at New York’s Grand Central Galleries and the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut, and numerous other group exhibits, Blossom earned the AOA Master designation at the Denver Rotary’s Artists of America exhibition. He has been a longtime participant in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, where he is a three-time recipient of the Robert M. Lougheed Memorial Award, winner of a National Association of Western Artists Gold Medal, and the 2015 recipient of the Frederic Remington Painting Award. In 2010 he received their prestigious Prix de West Award. His work has appeared in various national publications including American Artist, Art of the West, and Southwest Art, as well as in several books.
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