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"Chris Chantland is an extraordinary realist, but his work captures much more than an image, an animal or individual.  He brings the very essence, the soul of his subjects onto canvas.   His work rivals the very best in portrait painting today."

- Catherine Crier

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A cover shot of a card I did for my friend Sallie awhile back using two paintings I did of her dog Midge. Got to get down there in February.

September 30th 2014, 20:05

My graphite "Homestead" is at Artprize where first prize is $200,000. The public is invited to vote for their favorite, so here is a suggestion on what to vote for: http://www.artprize.org/chris-chantland/2014/homestead

Homestead by Chris Chantland
The man here - and his family are family friends that I think a lot of - his son is one of my all-time best friends - the first kid I met when I was a scared ki
September 29th 2014, 20:54

This is the latest oil finished a couple days ago: End of the Day. It is a scene from last year's National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt, Grand Rapids, MN. I don't know who the two guys are. But the third guy is my friend Denny - a portrait of his left leg.

September 25th 2014, 15:29


These Extreme Close-Up Photos of Animal Eyes Will Blow You Away
The eye is even more amazing than you probably thought.
September 24th 2014, 15:56

Almost done:

September 22nd 2014, 19:20

Latest progress on new oil for the Ruffed Grouse Society's National Hunt.

September 18th 2014, 19:30

The latest oil progress - much more to do this week.

September 16th 2014, 15:35

I am very pleased and honored to say that I am once again painting the National Open and National Amateur Retriever Champions. And many thanks go to Mark Medford for making it all possible by covering the underwriting. This also makes it possible once again to do large, detailed oils of the dogs. I hated the thought of not doing the paintings - I have a lot of friends in the sport, I created the idea with Dennis Bath, and it is of course and honor to do it. This is one I did earlier - 2011 NFC-FC Watermark's Running Back, handled by Jim Gonia (Jackie and Jim send me great photos to work from!)

September 16th 2014, 00:28

Adding Vagabond House items to the web site - these Mallard Salt and Pepper Shakers for example. https://www.sportingartisans.com/home-decor/dinnerware/sporting-art-pewter-ducks-salt-pepper-set-wildlife-art.php#sthash.W6LDAQ71.dpbs

Pewter Ducks Salt & Pepper Set by Vagabond House | Dinnerware >> Home & Decor - Sporting Artisans
September 11th 2014, 19:09

A new project - an oil for the National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt in Grand Rapids, MN. It will be for display in hopes to get new commissions. It's a scene from last year's hunt. I saw these guys at the end of the day, and decided to paint it. I was able to piece together several elements to get the scene to tell a story- hopefully.

September 11th 2014, 15:21

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