Chanse was born running with a pencil in both hands. Without formal training in any art form he relies on a wild imagination, a lifetimes worth of overthought, sleepless nature, and brute force pencil therapy. Once a submariner and later in the microprocessor industry, Chanse now owns and operates the Colored Pencil Cartel Art Studio. After a decade and a half of practice with a #2 pencil on every surface, he didn't pick up colored pencils until early 2014 but quickly passed through the realism phase that got him interested in the medium to begin with. He is now one of the few surrealism artists using primarily colored pencils. With an incredible eye for detail and a myriad of bright colors, he portrays the gray areas of contrast within society, using little more than his imagination for reference. Where words and actions meet feelings and contrasting belief structures, he mirrors the pain and beauty of existence to depict the harshest truths of life as he sees it with a surprisingly cohesive use of opposing ideas.
The Colored Pencil Cartel Art Studio is the base of operation for the Colored Pencil Cartel, a worldwide collective of multi-disciplinary artists dedicated to helping each other and the betterment of their own communities through volunteering and art supply donations. Falling back on a wide range of experience outside of the art community, and as a full time artist myself, I also manage fundraisers, leverage social media to connect other emerging professional artists with helpful resources, connect artists with exhibition opportunities, artist promotion, and offer website support.
I kept the machines running that produce the microprocessors that make my current job possible.
Its called the Silent Service for a reason.