Wildlife artist Chip Brock was born and raised in rural Kansas. In 1993 he received a B.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. While in college he met and fell in love with his wife Kymberli. As his biggest supporter and fan, she has always encouraged him to pursue his passion for the outdoors and art. Their beautiful daughter was born in Kansas, but her name McKinley seemed to have prophesied the exciting direction their lives were heading.
Chip and Kymberli’s life long dreams of the West resulted in many trips to the Rocky Mountains and six years living in Southeast Idaho. A belated honeymoon to Alaska some years back planted the seed of “The Last Frontier” and they now reside in the beautiful Mat-Su Valley just outside Wasilla, Alaska. Each day brings a new and exciting view of the Chugach mountain range, which serves as the ultimate backdrop to “live the dream” as a wildlife artist. For Chip, a fascination with North American wildlife, love of fine art and the challenge of creating a beautiful painting based on his own reference and experiences are the perfect combination for a fulfilling career.
The love and respect Chip has for both wildlife and art began at a very young age and continues to grow stronger. His passion and talent for depicting God’s creations is a blessing not taken for granted. “I never tire of spending time in the field and love that each painting presents a completely new challenge. I’m very blessed to be able to make a living at something I never want to retire from.”
Chip’s work has been included in the prestigious Art For the Parks competition, Paint the Parks Competition, C.M. Russell Art Auction, Kansas Wildlife Art Series and has helped raise money for several conservation groups and private charities. Chip works exclusively in oils striving for a realistic yet painterly approach. “My efforts are focused on capturing a unique moment in nature without getting lost in unnecessary detail. I love the texture of paint and want the viewer to enjoy each painting as a beautiful work of art. My primary art goals are to continue to learn and push hard to get even better. I strive to make each new painting my best with the understanding that perfection is always going to be just out of reach.”