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Realistic Wildlife & Landscape Paintings
 
Christopher Walden, originally from Auckland New Zealand, came to the States in 1979 for what was supposed to be a 30 day tour. Twenty –five years later he is still here and in the meantime has become a nationally known wildlife artist. Chris' passion for the outdoors began at a very early age. In New Zealand growing up Chris was able to experience everything outdoors from working on a sheep farm to sailing the South Pacific. From these experiences Chris was able to gain knowledge of nature and the life that inhabits the "bush" and the water. He is an avid outdoorsman who likes to go fishing, be it in lakes and streams for trout or on a yacht trying to catch marlin and "kingies". He brought his passion of the outdoors to the States. His thirst for knowledge about these new environments and inhabitants inspired him to capture them in his paintings.

Chris' very realistic style and his ability to capture life in the animal kingdom have endeared him to many collectors around the world. Chris prefers to show the viewer a story of how life is in the wild. His conflict pieces are sometimes very subtle as in Sittin' Ducks and others as in your face as "Conflict of Interest".

If you were to ask Chris to describe himself he would tell you that he is first a husband and father, secondly a lover of the outdoors and thirdly he is just a "Kiwi" from NZ who likes to paint what he knows and has been lucky enough to make a living from it.

Chris feels the need to give back to the lands and animals he paints by making sure that they are still around for many generations to come to enjoy. To accomplish this mission Chris has teamed up with several conservation groups in the US to lend his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger. Chris' involvement with groups such as Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Three Valley Trust Organization has given him the opportunity to share his artwork and his views on preservation with a wide group of people across the Country. Through donations of artwork in the past 20 years Chris has helped raise over 28 million dollars for conservation.

Raising funds and awareness for conservation does not stop at the border. Chris has taken his mission back home to New Zealand where one-third of our world's most endangered birds reside. Chris has formed a non-profit tour group called SPACE (South Pacific Artist Conservation Effort). Chris hosts a group of 6-10 outdoorsmen for a 13 day tour of the land he grew up in. The money raised from these trips is put back into the conservation effort going on in New Zealand by NZ Ducks Unlimited and the NZ fish and Game Board.

Combining his passion for creating art and protecting wildlife, Chris and his work reach a singular place. The artwork of Chris Walden vibrantly portrays the passion and beauty of the natural world. The untamed wildlife featured in his work evokes the mystery and turbulence of creation. Viewers are challenged to experience the essence of the natural world in it most raw form.

Chris currently lives in West Elkton, Oh with his wife Mary and their 5 children, Ryan, Logan, Brennan, Christian, and Victoria.


Commissions: Accepted, please contact the gallery for pricing.

 
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Special Achievements:
  • 2008 - Kentucky duck stamp

     
  • 2006 - Sponsor print Artist for Kentucky Ducks Unlimited

     
  • 2005 - Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist for Kentucky

     
  • 2005 - Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year for Tennessee

     
  • 2005 - Ducks Unlimited Silver Teal Award

     
  • 2004 - Ducks Unlimited Kentucky Sponsor Artist

     
  • 2004 - Ducks Unlimited Tennessee Sponsor Artist of the Year

     
  • 2004 - Kentucky Duck Stamp

     
  • 2003 - Ohio Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist

     
  • 1999 - National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Artist of the Year

     
  • 1991 - Ohio Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year

     
  • 1989 - Quail Unlimited (QU) Artist of the Year

     
  • 1989 - Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year Ohio

     
  • 1986 - Ohio Ducks Unlimited (DU) Artist of the Year

     
  • 1982 - Ohio Ducks Unlimited (DU) Sponsor Artist

     
Collections:
  • 1996 - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Bird House
    A collection of 21 paintings of birds from around the world welcome people to the entry of the Bird House as well as "Flying High" a painting of a Bald Eagle in flight which graces the wall before exiting the Bird House.
     
  • 1995 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum

     
  • 1992 - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
    Provided 18 pieces of work for the Cat House.
     
  • First Financial Bank
    First Financial commissioned Chris to complete 12 pieces for their Holiday Card program. Besides mailing the cards out to their customers the Bank also had limited edition prints produced and given to their employees for their Holiday gift.
     
Publications:
  • Dove Foundation (2002)
    Cover Art- A Wing and a Preyer - 
     
  • Fur Fish and Game Magazine (2002)
    Provided cover art- In Tune with Nature - 
     
Organization Membership:
  • 2005 - Masterworks for Nature
    http://www.MasterworksforNature.org
    Masterworks for Nature is a group of regional wildlife and landscape artists with a common passion for nature. Through the exhibition and sale of their artwork depicting natural subjects, this group strives to increase awareness and educate the public about the natural world and provide funding for conservation efforts.

     
  • 2003 - Three Valley Trust
    http://www.3vct.org
    Three Valley Conservation Trust works with people and communities to conserve the natural, environmental, and cultural heritage of southwest Ohio
     
  • 2001 - Safari Club International

     
  • 2001 - Raptor Inc.
    http://www.raptorinc.org
    Raptor, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education and conservation. RAPTOR's goals are two-fold:

    1. Education of the public on the importance of raptors and the preservation of their native habitat.

    2. Rehabilitation and return of injured raptors to their natural environment.


     
  • National Wild Turkey Federation

     
  • Ducks Unlimited

     
  • Quail Unlimited

     

 

 
 
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Christopher Walden
c/o Walden's Brush with Wildlife
1054 Central Ave.
Middletown, OH
USA 45044
Tel: 937-248-9924
  Worldwide Nature Artists Group
Email: waldengallery@gmail.com
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