An early influence for artist Chris Sage was her study under the mentorship of William Ferguson and John Borrack at Melbourne State College.
Her work changed direction from the exterior landscape to the interior after an Artist in Residence position at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River.
A traveling scholarship to Yemen furthered this direction and resulted in an exhibition of donated works which raised funds to put a roof on a school in Jibla, Saudi Arabia.
Chris has travelled and painted the deserts of South and Central Australia and has spent considerable time researching in Victoria’s Mallee.
Her body of work has resulted in exhibitions throughout Victoria in group and solo shows and she played a large role in the ‘Mama Serpentine’ project featured on the ABC Message Stick program.
In 2005, her first illustrated book Storm in a Teacup was published by St Luke’s Innovative Resources (Bendigo) and she also completed a Master of Visual Arts at Monash University. An art textbook for schools, Drawing Made Easy, was published in 2009.
Chris presently works in Art Education and paints from her studio in Malmsbury, Victoria. She has been an Artist in Residence in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools across Melbourne, with a focus on creating sculptures and murals for small and large spaces.
Her ongoing passion is using art to facilitate programs for students teachers, early years educators and families to develop a greater sense of community.