Photo of Chris Long on a boulder beside a stream in the woods

This week I had the privilege of speaking with painter Chris Long, whose gorgeous work I discovered on

Born and raised in CT, Long earned a degree from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art in 2000. After several years of exhibiting and teaching figurative sculpture throughout New England, he took to the road in an RV with his family in 2008. After a couple of years of traveling, he had the impulse to switch mediums (which prior to this point he vehemently avoided) and started painting and selling his work in New Orleans at the French Market and on Frenchmen Street.

He currently paints from the iPhone photos his wife takes as they travel across the country.

Contact Chris:

Instagram: @long_painter



  1. Claudia Treagus on May 19, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Hi Caroline, I really enjoyed this interview, and hearing about Chris’ journey and process. This is the first of your podcasts that I have listened to, and I loved it! I thought I heard you say that you would take notes for us because mostly we listen when we are busy (so true). Where will I find these? I am so interested in the paint colours that he uses.
    Thanks Claudia Treagus
    (Cape Town)

    • Caroline Italia on May 19, 2021 at 8:13 am

      Thanks, Claudia, great to hear from you! This shownotes page is where you’ll find any notes on links mentioned on the show, but you can connect with Chris to ask about the paint colors via instagram or the website link:

      Instagram: @long_painter


  2. Meredith Reynells on May 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    As a oil painter looking to go full time as a daily painter I can relate. Very interesting and valuable insight. Thank you!

    • Caroline Italia on May 19, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Thank you, Meredith, I can completely relate, too. So glad to have you with us!

      My best,

    • Caroline Italia on May 29, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Meredith! I’m so glad it resonated. Many of us are struggling through the messy middle of transition, including me. I will definitely bring as many helpful “tips” as I can to the show about it. So glad you’re with us!

  3. Dana on April 2, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Great insight to Long’s process! Thank you for being open about how you view your own work and how you have grown as a painter.

    • Caroline Italia on April 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Dana, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview, and to have you listening. Chris is a remarkable artist. His paintings and work ethic inspire me every day. Please keep the comments coming. This show is for my listeners, so let me know if there’s anyone or any topic you’d like to hear about.