was born in Toronto in 1954.
As a youngster, he spent summers at Georgian Bay
where each year his family embarked on that great
northern misadventure known as “running a cottage
rental business”. Muskoka
was occasionally a summer destination as well, as his
grandmother had a cottage near Mortimer’s Point.
During his university days, hiking and canoeing
excursions into Algonquin, Killarney and Lake Superior
provincial parks instilled in him a love of the Ontario
wilderness and fostered his interest in landscape
has completed various credit courses at the The Ontario
College of Art and studied figure drawing at Toronto’s
Central Technical School. He completed a week-long
painting course at The Okanagan Summer School Of The
Arts and has also taken workshops offered through The
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
1980, Christopher and his wife Theresa left Ontario for
northern B.C. to pursue their careers as secondary
school teachers, landing in the Skeena Valley region
(i.e. the totem pole country painted by Edwin Holgate,
A. Y. Jackson and Emily Carr).
Here, Christopher studied extensively with
accomplished landscape painter David Nehring and credits
working with him (sometimes on location on the Skeena
River) as being critical to his technical development as
an artist. In
1994, while residing in Hope, B.C., he took a one-year
sabbatical from his position as teacher of secondary
English and Art in order to focus on his own painting.
this time he also became an active member of The
Federation Of Canadian Artists and had work accepted
into several juried exhibits at The Federation Gallery
in Vancouver. He
received an Honourable Mention for his oil painting
“Winter Afterglow” in The FCA’s “Annual Winter
Juried Exhibit” (1997).
exposure gained from FCA exhibits in the 1990's,
Christopher was invited to be represented by Toronto’s
Arcadia Gallery and began selling his work in the
Ontario market. While
with Arcadia, he participated in the gallery’s group
exhibits and eventually had a successful two-man show
with fellow Arcadia artist, Paul Mantrop.
retired from teaching, Christopher has returned to his
home province of Ontario.
The Crosgreys are thrilled to call Bracebridge
their home, and Christopher now paints full-time.