The “Environmental Awareness” series takes you through the cycle of life, death, and rebirth within our water ecosystem. The goal of this series is to increase awareness of this cycle and how we unknowingly, but dramatically, impact it.
As a major effort to bring awareness, Chris is designing sculptures and concepts for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) new corporate headquarters in Washington, DC, expected to open in 2024. The NFWF is the Nation's largest private conservation grant-maker, and leader in environmental education for over 80 years, inspiring American's to protect wildlife for our children's future.
Also in 2023, Chris will be working with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, VIMS, to develop custom marine designs specific to their education mission which will be used as awards and "thank-you" gifts for donors.
There are 3 distinct subsets with correlating artwork:
The impact of Sport Fishing, Industrial Negligence, and by-products of the Fishing Industry have massive consequences for aquatic life. Chris' latest series brings attention to some of the damage inflicted on marine wildlife and dangerous impact on our waters.
Chris saw this humpback whale washed ashore in 2021. The deep scars on its body, flippers, and tail were evidence of it's struggle to escape fishing nets. This encounter inspired Chris' research into the issue of Ghost Gear, and was the concept behind his latest whale sculpture.