Chris Sommerfelt discovered watercolor at an adult evening class in the early 1980s. Chris has since studied with Bridget Austin, Win Jones, Joye Moon, Tom Francesconi, Sharon Crosbie, Ann Miotke and Alice Struck. All of these artists have influenced Chris along her artistic journey, and she thanks them. Chris' college degree was in graphic design and she spent over 30 years in that career. Chris has paintings in private collections as well as twelve pieces in the corporate collection of Northwestern Mutual Life. Chris currently teaches watercolor at the Hart Park Senior Center and through the Wauwatosa Recreation Department. She has taught classes at the UW-Waukesha extension and through “Wet Your Art Palette” in North Lake, WI. In addition, Chris teaches a week-long watercolor workshop at The Clearing in Door County as well as two-day workshops. Chris has been asked to conduct critiques, demos, and judge exhibits for local art groups. She is member of the League of Milwaukee Artists, past exhibition chair for Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and mentor for the Wauwatosa Artist’s Workshop. Chris has received numerous merit awards at Wauwatosa Artist Workshop art exhibits in southeastern Wisconsin. She was an award winner in the statewide 2016 “Watercolor Wisconsin” exhibit at the Wustum Museum in Racine, and the statewide 2014 “Alive in the Arts” exhibit at the Plymouth Art Center. In addition to her watercolors, Chris is an accomplished fiber artist who has received local and national recognition for her art quilts and has had two solo exhibits featuring those quilts.
Artist Groups and Gallery
I am a member of the artist groups listed below. I have served each group in a leadership role over the years. I am currently on the exhibition committee for Wisconsin Watercolor Society and have been the mentor for Wauwatosa Artists Workshop for many years.
Wisconsin watercolor artist and watercolor teacher, Chris Sommerfelt states, “I am a watercolor artist, because I believe no medium works better than watercolor for expressing the beauty of the natural world. Its transparency and the way that pigment mixes and moves in the water gives the medium its own voice in addition to the intent of the artist. Nature is my primary subject matter, be it a landscape, wildflowers or an intimate close-up of something in nature. It is from nature that my creative energy flows. My hope is that viewers of my art feel my connection to nature when they see my art.”