Grander Podcast
Grander Podcast
Interview with Artist Chris Dudley

Chris Dudley is an Award-Winning Artist born in 1976.  He began drawing before entering preschool and has never stopped.  Dudley, as his wife calls him, has a passion for drawing and illustration, but dabbles in all things art!  He’s had the privilege to draw many commission portraits over the past 25+ years, in addition to receiving acceptance into many juried exhibitions.  While he stays busy with commission work, he also spends much of his time illustrating children’s books and teaching art.  Chris and his wife, Tawana, have three daughters.  All three of them have learned to draw. No…they didn’t inherit it, if only it were that easy! 

“I was raised in Grand Rapids and have lived here most of my life, aside from a few years spent residing in Brooklyn, NY.  I’ve enjoyed an avid interest in art from a very early age.  I won’t say that I’m a self-taught artist, as I feel all artists are self-taught.  Like many things, art is learned through consistency and experimentation.  Someone can teach you basic principles, but you have to teach yourself how to apply them.  I like to think of it as taking the game-winning shot.  A minute adjustment can make the difference between a make or miss, a win or a learning experience.

“Art is similar, a slight adjustment can make a HUGE difference in the outcome.  That said, most (if not all) artwork is a learning experience. Being an artist is truly a journey. Our perception, inspiration and motivation continually change over time.  So does

the art we make!”




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