About

Christopher Spicer

Christopher Spicer - Traditional and Digital Artist

Hello there! My name is Christopher Spicer. Mechanical engineer by day. Artist, writer, and web developer by night.

Engineer

From the first time I put two Lego Technic gears together, I’ve held a fascination with machine design. Many years (and many Lego Technic gears) later, I graduated from The University of Maryland with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Immersed in the glow of computer screens (and the occasional stain of bearing grease), I now work in research and development, creating the latest generation of innovative solutions within the logistics and material handling space. My career is one that continuously offers new opportunities for creative thinking. And in that way, I’ve found that my passion for engineering closely mirrors my passion for art (but with much more math).

Artist

I've been enamored with art since the first moment I touched pencil to paper (my kindergarten teacher said I drew the best dinosaurs in the whole class). As I’ve grown, so too has my experience with a wide range of materials and techniques (and my dinosaurs are even better now). Over the years, I’ve completed projects in charcoal, graphite, ink, colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and clay. And I’m always excited to learn new mediums.

Along with traditional materials and techniques, I also enjoy the wide array of digital tools that are now available. From conceptualizing new compositions to rendering finished pieces, I am just as comfortable drawing with vectors and painting with pixels as I am with their classical counterparts. And when my creations demand more depth, I’m perfectly happy sculpting polygons into detailed 3d models of beach houses, sports cars, and luxury yachts (hey, I can dream, right?).

Writer

Almost as soon as I could read, I started amassing a collection of books that would rival most museum gift shops (fitting, since so many of my books came from museum gift shops). My affinity for beautiful pictures is equally paralleled by my affinity for beautiful words. And I craft each with equal attention to imagery and symbolism. I've written a number of short stories and poetry collections through the years, both published and unpublished. And many of these written works came to life as companion pieces to my traditional and digital art.

Web Developer

I started this website nearly twenty years ago as a place to showcase my art. And (as with all of my art) I've insisted on personally creating every element. Every word. Every image. And every line of code. That learning process has taken my website through many iterations. And each one has challenged me to experiment with the relationships of design elements like layout, graphics, and typography. And to explore the capabilities of web languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. And I look forward to discovering what I'll learn with the next iteration.

Inspiration

For me, inspiration is everywhere. From the first kiss of new love to a tranquil sunset on a secluded beach, art lives inside every moment and every scene. Every thought and every feeling. Every memory and every dream. Whether by paintbrush, pencil, or computer mouse, my greatest passion is trying to capture the beauty of these experiences. And (hopefully) in a way that allows me to share that inspiration with you.

Thanks for taking the time to explore my creative portfolio.

Contact

Want to say hello? Send me an email!