Chris Vest is a graphic designer and artist with a 35 year background in pen and ink drawing, oil painting, photography and screen printing. In the 1990s he embraced the computer revolution and developed a way to merge painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, the photographic image is transformed by digital dark room techniques and intense painterly manipulation to create textures and effects that attempt to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting, a process he has dubbed the "painted photo montage". He created the multi-bird vistas in "The Field Guide to Bird Conservation" published by the American Bird Conservancy.
Chris lives with his partner Cathy and 25 companion animals on a six acre farm near Dolores, Colorado. Together they operate a small animal shelter, rescuing and fostering animals from across the four corners area.