Biography

Chrissa Star’s largest body of work to date is her figurative drawings with “Angels” as her subject matter with nods to the style of Expressionism, and more directly, Gustav Klimpt, and Egon Schiele. Rendered in soft pastel and charcoal, her drawings are typically long and thin and large in scale. She believes angels walk among us and there is just something about them...Chrissa's unique ways of expressing emotion, conveying mood, and vibrant color choice in her work, is present in all her mediums and demonstrates her influence of expressionism.

Chrissa's is also a photographer and painter, with encaustic (hot wax) as her most recent painting medium. Her encaustic paintings are painted on wood, small to medium in size, and painted in the abstract style.  

Chrissa’s former UW-M Professor, Denis Sargent commented on her work: “She relies on an intense intuitive sense of composition, form, and color. Her work is full of challenging contradictions that raise questions of taste, convention, and beauty. There is a raw energy in her work that is striking and engaging."

Seattle's Consolidated Works Executive Director, Matthew Richter, called Chrissa 'an extremely reactive artist'; "her studio is constantly rotating with work that is coming out of her in each moment."  Matthew stated Chrissa's work is, "captivating, original, and supremely honest". Adding, "Chrissa's paintings evoke a questioning quality as much as they evoke an understanding. Perhaps they evoke an understanding of the question."

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