Chris Paschke


Chris Paschke was born in 1951 to a working class family in Chicago, IL. In the late 1950s, her family relocated to northern California, where she spent her formative years attending San Jose State University and Humboldt State University, receiving an honors degree in Creative Arts and Design. In 1980, Paschke opened her own calligraphic design and illustration business, Design Ink. She later moved to Connecticut, where her artwork flourished for thirteen years. In 2002, she relocated to the heart of the Tehachapi Mountains, where she peacefully resides with her Arabian horses and cats.

Her fascination with calligraphy and pen written letterforms has been a lifelong study. Her current approach to the art form is very interpretive, with her use of resist, washes, text, quotations, layers of written forms, and occasional accents of gold leaf. She studies each summer with Shozo Sato, a Japanese master of sumi painting and calligraphy. Her studies with Shozo and frequent trips to China have brought a Zen minimalism to her line art, often referred to as Asian abstract expressionism.

'I have spent my entire life drawing, sketching, painting, lettering, and framing. I've trained to make paper, grind ink, build brushes, cut quills, and frame the finished art. I have created logos, designed certificates, and painted 4' x 8' original abstract series for corporate collections, but my heart lies with brush in hand, the essence of Zen thought in mind, and the depth of my imagination to put it all together.'

Paschke has exhibited all over the world and her work can be found in several private and public collections. She is also a second-generation professional picture framer. Her frame design talent has made her a leader and educator in the framing industry, having published several trade books and writing a monthly column for Picture Framing Magazine.

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