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Support Local Artists

Each season we feature a local artist who helps convey the inspiration we find in the rich heritage of the Presidio Neighborhood, be it paintings of historical properties that SBTHP manages or cultural work, such as participation in events and festivals which reflect the diversity of the neighborhood over time.


Chris Potter

This season we feature Chris Potter, who grew up in Goleta. Inspired by nature at an early age, Chris spent much of his leisure time outdoors, exploring the local beaches and bluffs and hiking in the mountains. Left free to ramble in the wild, Chris was able to experience the beauty of the Santa Barbara coastline at a young age, observing the details of the natural world. This ability to observe small details in the wild, led to an appreciation for nature. He later went to college, deciding to pursue art and made a 

commitment to create art every day. Graduating as a budding artist, Chris creates some of his most stunning works of art in nature. Instead of painting from a photograph, he paints outdoors, setting up an easel, painting what he observes in the wild on his canvases. Chris paints primarily with oil on canvas and oil on panel. His work can be seen at various galleries around town including Distinctive Framing at 1333 State Street. We are pleased to be exhibiting his work at El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP.

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