Since beginning her commission portrait painting practice in 1991, Saper has completed almost 400 commissioned portraits nationally, authored four books and filmed four DVDs on portraiture. "I love the discipline of working with clients in a shared vision of the portrait to be painted. There's a satisfying result when I can achieve beautiful skin tones, accurate likenesses, and yet still paint a lovely piece of art."
Saper's passion for color and design is a natural segue into painting the opulent still life and floral work for which she is rapidly becoming known. Saper's body of still life work has been described as lush, confident and lively.
A native of Wisconsin, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration. She has lived in Phoenix, AZ since 1977.
In addition to Chris's portrait commission schedule, she is an active public speaker/painting demonstrator. She has served on the Faculty of the Portrait Society of America and has taught portraiture at the Scottsdale Artist's School, the Mountain Artists' Guild in Prescott, AZ, and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Saper has exhibited at the US Senate Rotunda, The Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club in New York City, the Bennington Center for the Arts, the Tempe Arts Center and the Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX.
Framing, applicable taxes and shipping expenses are in addition to the prices listed above. In most situations, travel and lodging are included; please contact Chris for details or with questions. Additional figures on the same canvas are not discounted. Animals may be added to the portrait for an additional 20-40% depending on size of the animal. Please contact Chris for information on additional sizes.