It was around the age of 7 that local artist Chris Felix
says he drew a picture of his dog that impressed his mother and others.
“This sparked my interest in drawing more,” Felix says. “And I started taking some lessons from a cousin of mine who was an art teacher.”
Felix’s work has evolved over the years, and a primary area of focus for him now is sports paintings—everything from portraits of Reds
players to landscapes of golf courses.
“As projects arise, I research my subjects by scouring books in the library, images on Google, and asking around at memorabilia shops for pertinent material relating to my subject,” Felix says.
He photographs his subjects and backgrounds for points of reference then gets to work, but the process doesn’t stop there.
Felix, who grew up in Price Hill
and who has lived in Cincinnati his entire life, has a passion not only for art, but also for his city and those who inhabit it.
So he makes it a point to use his paintings and prints to give back.
Since the late '90s, Felix has donated an original and more than 20 prints per year, on average, to organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
, the Reid Rizzo Foundation
, the Bethany House Shelter
and others, to assist with nonprofits’ missions of propelling the community forward.
“Helping others is something I love to do,” Felix says. “The impact is nothing but positive. I believe that we get back more than what we ever give.”
• Support Felix by checking out his art
and sharing it with others.
• Connect with Felix on Facebook
• Look for Felix's art around town at places like the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Muesum
, Art on the Levee
, the Cincinnati Mueseum Center
and Heirloom Framing Co