ripe for harvest
by Chris Bloom, 12 x 16 inches, oil on panel.
THE fun, improvisational and impressionist style of “Ripe for Harvest” has a lot to give
considering the subject is something so small and specific. No detail is spared in the
unique abstract swirls of each leaf, or the mouthwatering and masterful lightwork on
the reflection of the apple. The painting evokes nostalgic memories of heading out to the
orchard to pick a few apples for a delicious pie.
Chris Bloom describes herself as a contemporary impressionist oil painter.
“I have had a lifelong appreciation for art and was inspired to begin a second career in fine
art by Carolyn Mortimer, an outstanding educator and artist from New Jersey,” she says.
Bloom, who took art courses at Cape Fear Community College for three years, has partici-pated
in such events as the Wilmington Paint Out, the Wrightsville Beach Paint Out, and the
Southport Paint Out. Her paintings have been juried into the Wilmington Art Association's
Annual Art show since 2016.
“I was also awarded a regional artist grant from the Arts Council of Wilmington and the North
Carolina Council of the Arts in 2017,” she says. “The biggest move in my art career was getting
a studio at the Artworks in Wilmington. I love to meet art lovers who visit during our 4th Friday
event or any Friday or Saturday.”
WBM november 2020