Category Archives: Figures


oil, 16x24, ©Chris Willey

Christine Relaxing, oil, 16×24, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


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March Show, Noyes Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Cassie Reclining, acrylic, 24×36, ©Chris Willey

Red & Green, acrylic, 18×24, ©Chris Willey

Bikini Girl, acrylic, 30×18, ©Chris Willey

I have three works exhibited as part of the collaboration with Les Femmes Folles, the group show, Femme Qui Bercent “Women Who Rock”, which debuted March 1st, at The Noyes Gallery in Lincoln, and moved to Top Shelf Wine Club for the month of April

In celebration of Women’s History Month, ten talented female artists created an event depicting not only the strength of the female artist, but also the beauty of the form, and power and integrity of the gender.

Artists Include:
Chris Willey
Sally Deskins
Rachel Mindrup
Amy Nelson
Pamela Conyers-Hinson
Sondra Gerber
Polly Plain
Jennifer Ghormley
Hope Dendinger
and Chairwoman Susan Woodford

Our featured Guests included: Fran Higgins and videographer Greg Higgins with an intimate portrayal of the artistic process behind the collaborations by Fran, Sally Deskins, and Rachel Mindrup.

Also, Les Femmes Folles Poetry Reading featured special guests: Sally Deskins, Rebecca Faber, Fran Higgins, Connie Spittler, Marilyn Coffey, Denise Brady, Deborah T. McGinn, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Rachael Wolfe and Cat Dixon to preview Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2012, the second anthology of art, poetry and interview excerpts from

Work moved from Noyes Gallery to Top Hat Wine Club, Lincoln, NE



Also posted in Blog, Oils/Acrylics

Recent Work

One of the joys of being an artist is being able to visibly see change. It feels like a good period right now.  Carmel Gardens was an unresolved painting that sat in my studio for over a year. One day parts of it were cropped from view by stacks of other paintings — and there was the painting that it was meant to be. I unstretched it, and restretched it into its newer, smaller, better composition.

The markets are companion pieces, although one of the companions sold, so they are separated.

Summer Flower Market(1), oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey. SOLD

Summer Market, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey


Summer Storm, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey

Carmel Garden, oil, 16×20, ©Chris Willey



Flint Hills Fall, oil, 18×24, ©Chris Willey



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Summer Sales

Well the weather has been dreadful, but painting continues on. Four paintings sold this summer. I’m happy.

SOLD! Brush Creek Sanctuary, oil, 12×16, ©Chris Willey


Brush Creek Sanctuary won an Honorable Mention from the Brush Creek Art Walk Juried Show, now showing at the UMKC Art Gallery. It sold that night. Yay!

SOLD! Paris Gossip,24×24, ©Chris Willey


Paris Gossip sold through Strecker-Nelson Gallery. Thanks Jay and Barbara.


SOLD! Farmers’ Market, oil, 12×12, ©Chris Willey


Farmers’ Market was created at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market and finished in my studio. It was purchased by Pat from Hastings Greenhouse — thanks Pat.


SOLD! Fall Evening Vista, pastel, 18×24, ©Chris Willey


Fall Evening Vista was the first place winner for Symphony in the Flint Hills. It was auctioned off and purchased that evening, and I was very pleased. What a wonderful event. Posters of this work are available through the Symphony in the Flint Hills website.




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