Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Wine Artist Eric Christensen at Marcus Ashley Gallery August 17-18

Posted on June 15, 2012
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene

As part of its popular summer series of featured artists, Wine Artist Eric Christensen will paint live at Marcus Ashley Gallery at the Village Center in South Lake Tahoe during August 17-18, 2012.

A self-taught painter, Eric Christensen invented a watercolor technique that allows him to create hyper realism images with vibrant color that go beyond the look and depth of a high quality photograph.

Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, as well as botany, classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over time he has acquired a commanding knowledge in each of these fields, which has blended to make him a preeminent artist of today. In addition to his interests, Christensen also derives inspiration from the wine country surrounding his home which is invariably portrayed in his paintings. As Christensen asserts, “it’s about the lifestyle”.

Once he realized that he could concentrate his passion for painting into a career, Christensen opened his own Art Gallery in Yountville, California, a small picturesque town in the heart of the Napa Valley. This venture proved very successful, netting Christensen exposure in national magazines and newspapers and a national television spot on “WINE COUNTRY LIVING”. Christensen however, decided to close his gallery in 2003, allowing him to devote his full attention to painting. Christensen continues to paint stunning images that remind us of the Wine Country lifestyle and delight those who collect his art. He now offers his extraordinary artwork in galleries throughout the United States.

Christensen’s “wine art” begins where most contemporary wine artists leave off. Eric loves to capture the romance of the wine country, which he points out, “is so much more than just the wine”. Collectors of Christensen’s art typically own several of his creations and enjoy the varied themes they portray; lifelike landscapes and intimate still life paintings that incorporate a variety of elements including food, flowers or fruit with appropriate background settings.

Christensen will perform at the Marcus Ashley Gallery on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18, from 1-5pm, located at the Village Center, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 23 in South Lake Tahoe.  Contact the gallery at (530) 544-4278 with additional questions or go to to preview additional works.

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