24" x 12" -Limited Release - Signed Giclee Print on Breathing Color Elegance Watercolor Paper.
The theme of Narratives is how the story of Mother Nature and Old Man Winter connect through each other, the land, animals, trees, waves, weather and humans. Narratives echoes the age old story of Yin & Yang and how everything hangs in the balance. The Buffalo roams while the bear protects. The waves flow from coast to coast and are interconnected by the rivers. The trees grow towards the sky and give us oxygen... all these elements culminate in a harmonious unity that flows through us all.
This is Chris Benchetler and Skye Walker’s fourth collaboration together. They worked on an art piece that Chris wrapped on his sprinter van for his GoPro film “Chasing AdVANture” last year. This new piece is going to be wrapped around Skye’s sprinter van that he’ll be taking on a year long mural tour across the United States. The visual narratives of this art are just as deep as the ones behind the scenes and the artists who created the art itself.
For Chris Benchetler of Mammoth Lakes, Ca., skiing has always held a close relation to art. The way he sees the mountain and uses his creativity to draw lines down a blank mountain canvas. In 08/09 Atomic Skis saw his creativity and offered him the opportunity to design his first pair of pro model skis—The Bent Chetler—now 12 years later he has been able to explore a whole new side of his career, one rooted in artistic creativity. Diving into creating the graphics for topsheets, painting large scale murals, smaller pieces and everything in between, plus a number of other signature items for various sponsors has taught him new mediums and skills to apply to his art work. Blending line drawings, spray paints, acrylics, oils, and digital painting.
“I don’t have a particular medium that I work in, however I think I’m most inspired with acrylic spray, brush, and paint pen—so I try to go that route with most of my graphics. Given the nature of design, I definitely still dabble with digital art as well. As the years have progressed, I’ve taught myself more and more about different mediums, including digital painting.”