Like a member of another famous American art family, the Wyeths, Christopher Blossom follows a line of highly accomplished artists. Both his grandfather, Earl, and his father, David, were celebrated commercial artists. Their influence, in combination with Blossom’s own unique approach, has led to him being regarded as a leader among today’s marine painters.
After informal studies with his father, Blossom attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. At the same time, he worked in the Industrial Design Studio of Robert Bourke, where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints. By the time he finished, he was able to visualize an entire boat by using its plans alone as reference and could draw a craft from any angle.
Among his awards are the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the 2001, 2007 and 2008 Prix de West. Blossom said, “To receive the Lougheed award, selected as it is by the participating artists, is perhaps the most meaningful recognition I could hope for and I am truly honored and a little bit awed.” He received the Prix de West Purchase Award in 2010.