My large studies portray what I have come to see as non-navigable landscape. It is fun to wander over the paper, pen in hand, drawing depth through contrast. This work does not demand the sit-up-straight style of right-brain attention as does much of what I do. My approach was technical for so long because I am from Detroit where the norms of automotive precision engineering dominate.

These days it is engaging be a vagabond of sorts, wandering over the paper surface with a less intentional agenda, yet with more wonder and play. All an artist can do, after all, is skitter around reality with her tools, capturing something of the inconstant boundaries of living subjects.

The Gravity of the Rose by Chris Duke

This rose reflects human realms as seen through the lens and... read more

Iris at Midnight by Chris Duke

As I experiment with my iris paintings, I find inspiration in... read more

Gazing Iris by Chris Duke

Because I work close in, I never saw the face until I backed... read more

Iris in a Hushed World by Chris Duke

Drawing this iris, I thought about the individuality of one... read more

Iris on Green Field by Chris Duke

The steely strength of a flower as fragile as the iris always... read more

Iris with Bees by Chris Duke

There can occur a Star wars-esque (bumble bee) flight in the... read more

Blue Iris by Chris Duke

In the hours spent drawing out-of-scale irises, I find myself... read more

Iris Explained by Chris Duke

I love the variation in petal formation and arrangement. Iris... read more

Ethereal Iris by Chris Duke

I love to look at my oversize iris paintings in December –... read more

Iris on Blue by Chris Duke

This was an experimental drawing. I had a wonderful time... read more

Iris Study by Chris Duke

This is a small piece that was a preliminary drawing for the... read more

Two Iris Study - I by Chris Duke

This very small sketch was a warm-up drawing for larger iris... read more