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Chris Groves 

        Groves was born in Boulder, Colorado, but soon moved with his family to Slidell, Louisiana, where he spent his early years outside, exploring the woods, swimming in the bayou, boating, fishing, playing with snakes and other wild animals. It was during those years that Groves learned to love the outdoors and nature.

        At the age of ten, his parents gave him a nature-drawing book and Groves latched onto it as a source of awe and inspiration. Groves spent countless hours copying the drawings and enhancing them with his own interpretation. His parents, recognizing their sons’ talent and appreciation of art, hired a private tutor to instruct him in basic techniques. Soon, Groves' interest turned from nature to people looking to magazines, friends and siblings as a source of inspiration, then drawing detailed portraits of their faces.

        Groves has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Colorado Academy of Art, the Loveland Art Academy, the Cottonwood Art Academy and the Denver Arts Students League. He also enjoyed a private, two- year mentorship with artist Jay Moore, which he considers a turning point in his artistic career. Groves paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections and he is the recipient of multiple awards and recognition.