Hello and nice to meet you! My name is Chai, which is pronounced like the tea but with a K sound.
I am passionate about making paintings that imagine more colorful, connected, and peaceful worlds.
My imagined landscapes draw inspiration from my growing up in Wisconsin and my current life in Chicago, Illinois. Architectural shapes, elements of the forest preserve, and the waves of Lake Michigan often find their way into my work.
I love the process of making images with watercolor, acrylic, and thread. The process of cutting and tearing paintings and stitching them back together is inspired by crazy quilting and the symbolic idea that something beautiful and new can come from the scraps. Other motifs such as cityscapes, light strings, roots, and trees all add layers of meaning.
Collectors often say that my work makes them feel inspired, hopeful, and at peace. My creative practice is dedicated to bringing more of these feelings and images into the world.
Since creating the Found Painting Project in 2014, I have been posting small paintings on trees for people to discover and take home. Follow @chaiwolfman and #foundpaintingproject on social media to find out more and see where we've been and where we're going. Click on The Found Painting Project to see images of all the paintings in the project so far.
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