June 2013 Ambassador // Chris Milk

Meet our June 2013 Ambassador, Chris Milk. Chris is a self taught painter, inspired by his Oregon Hill neighborhood, nature, music and life. He is currently painting a mural in-store for our Community Room. Check out Chris’s portfolio here.

Interview below.

We sat down and asked Chris a few questions about himself.

Where is home to you?
Oregon Hill. I love this neighborhood.

Where did you receive your education?
I didn’t. I learned to paint by myself.

What are your preferred mediums?
I’ve tried everything else, all the real artist mediums. It’s wood and housepaint for me, for life!

How did you get your start?
I was living in Oregon Hill, painting houses for a living, when I looked around and saw all these colors, this left-over paint. I started painting on wood-scraps. That was it for me. I was in love, still am.

How would you describe your art style?
I hope my style is just me.

What inspires you?
I feel like everything I make is just diary entries. I’m inspired by the paint colors I find and make. Birds that fly over my head. Musicians. Painting is just me being happy.

Who have been your biggest influences?
Red-tailed hawks.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a bunch of commissions. I love having folks tell me what they love in my work, and creating pieces that will be a part of their everyday lives. I’ve also been making a lot of birds, cut-out wood ones. It feels like making real birds.

Where can we find your work?
I have a show up at Quirk Gallery right now. Until July 3rd.

How would you describe the art scene in Richmond?
Real. Tangible. I think art made by people I know is my favorite kind.

Are you involved with any philanthropic work? Or do you do any volunteer work?
I do a lot of things with Art180, which is run by good, sweet folks. School fundraisers. Little kids are rad, and the best art audience. My local community garden and farmer’s market.

Who is your favorite band?
Gosh, that changes daily. I did see Wolf//Goat recently, and was blown away. I bought the album, and I don’t buy many albums. Oh, and the album Free to Be…You and Me, that’s in heavy rotation right now.

Last meal: What would it be?
A ripe summer tomato from my own garden, with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt.