When he isn't working as a technical instructor at the AkzoNobel training facility in Orange, CA, Chris Harsh is pursuing his passions---skateboarding, surfing and art.
Thanks to his unique style and integration of different aspects of his background into his paintings, Harsh is getting rave reviews for his seascapes, tree images and even some abstract work that he's been experimenting with recently.
Harsh, 41, who is married with three children, started painting cars in high school back in the 1990s, but can still vividly remember his very first body/paint job.
"My grandfather left me an old 1970 Chevelle," he said. "He was the original owner, so it needed some work. But I got it running, so once I got my license, I was ready to drive. I worked on the car one summer in my friend's garage and he showed me how to mix up some body filler. I started sanding the car, fixing dents and applying the primer, and eventually I painted it yellow. People to this day still remember that big yellow car."
Once he realized that he liked painting cars, Harsh landed a job working for a collision center in Huntington Beach, CA, where he met his first mentor.