Description Apparently we can thank Renaissance painters for making Burano lace famous! In the 1600's Burano lace gained such fame that it became a status symbol for European nobles. Portraits of nobles wearing outlandishly fancy lace collarsthe kinds you see in the Renaissance paintings of Rembrandt and van Dyckhelped make Venetian lace a status symbol among aristocracy from Ghent to Paris. European nobles wore their Venetian lace finery to sit for portraits that would be handed down to future generations. Artists were challenged to capture the web-like intricacies of lace in paint.I can totally understand the intrigue the artists must have felt to desire to paint the exquisite lace. I myself had to urge to rise to the challenge, and made the attempt.
Chris Brandley, Keller Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Being the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Chris grew up all over the world. Her family dove into the different cultures, and frequented galleries and museums everywhere they went. Chris was particularly drawn to the Impressionist painters, and how they painted everyday life scenes, capturing light and using color in expressive ways. In 1977 her family moved to Holland, where the breath-taking beauty was etched into her memories. The experiences she had all over Europe play an instrumental part in her current work.
One of Chris’s passions is teaching adult and teen workshops in the United States as well as abroad. In 2019 she will conduct workshops in Texas, Florida, as well as 3 retreats in Tuscany, Italy. Ms. Brandley recently returned from teaching a group in South France.
Her work has been used in television backdrops and documentaries, and some of her paintings have been licensed to international companies for use on their products. You can find her most recent license of her painting “First Snow” on Christmas tins filled with popcorn at “Big Lots” stores throughout the United States and Canada.
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