Mason's third annual Starving Artists' Show will be next Saturday, October 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 34 exhibitors, which includes painters, photographers, sculptors and writers, will be displaying and selling their work on the sidewalks of Mason's downtown square.
The following artist biography, was written by Stephanie Voss, wife of artist Chris Voss. Those of us who met his young couple at the 2006 show were charmed by Stephanie's express of sincere ethusiasm for her husband's work. Please, make a point to look up this unique artist and his lovely wife at the Starving Artists' Show!
My husband, Christopher Paul Voss, was born in Midland, Texas and has been an artist from day one. Even as a young child, Chris has always been inspired to create drawings and paintings with the use of map pencils, pastels, and watercolor. Due to limited space in his small room accompanied by two brothers, Chris began his dream of painting in his backyard under the scorch of the Midland sun. He can remember the challenges of trying to paint on a rigidity old easel while standing on a rugged uneven terrain filled with rocks. These conditions helped mold Chris into the artist he is today, as well as, to give affirmation that nothing would hinder his need to create. In the fourth grade, he was actually hired to create his first inspirational painting that would forever hang with pride on a wall and represent only the start of a legacy inspired by God. From the first time I met Chris in his apartment, with absolutely no furniture except an easel and a house full of paintings, I knew I had met someone with a special gift to captivate an audience through his art. I was surely sold, and I knew I wanted to be a part of his ambition to change lives, for he most assuredly changed mine. We have been married now for four wonderful years and it has been an amazing journey. I have had the blessing of watching Chris grow as an artist and broaden his horizons with the use of more mixed media and implementing more texture and materials in his works. Although Chris has continued to cultivate his talents through his endeavor at Texas Tech University to earn his MFA while teaching undergraduate studio courses, his heart has remained the same. His motto is to never pick up a brush unless his heart and soul is fully attached to it. His paintings represent more than just oil on canvas, but it portrays the overcoming of life’s struggles, the celebration of life’s joys, and family unity through marriage blessed by God. Chris aspires to encourage marriage between man and woman and to place a higher emphasis on family and relationships in the mist of busyness and life’s struggles. He also aspires to shed light on the battles of the soul and give a since of hope and perseverance through prayer and the will to overcome. I guarantee that daily struggles are inevitable, but no matter what circumstances try to come between family and peace, having an original work of art signed by “Voss” will forever change your life and help place a better perspective on eternal treasures and our true purpose.