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Cape Cod

Chris Banks, Artist

There is so much beauty all around us on Cape Cod, from the picturesque landscapes to the simple elegance of everyday objects.

With my canvas, brush, and palette of paints, I try to capture it all. For more than 40 years, I have been both a student and teacher in oil, acrylic and watercolor.

With more than 100 workshops with artists from all over the country I continue to seek new ideas and techniques. As a teacher in both adult education and private classes I have attempted to share my knowledge and love of art with others.

As a member of the Guild of Harwich Artists, I served as director of the Art Gallery for eight years and am now president of the Guild. I am also director of Art in the Park, where guild artists display their works for sale each Monday through July and August at Doane Park in Harwich Port.

Working mostly in oils, my paintings, murals and prints from original works, can be viewed in the Gallery on this site. One project that was particularly fun to do was the mural I created near the Snow Goose & Buckie's Bakery in Harwich Port.

Feel free to contact me with your comments or for more information.

Chris's Learning Opportunities

  • Numael & Shirley Pulido
  • Joseph McGurl
  • Don Demers
  • Bill Davis
  • Christopher Zhang

Mission Statement

My goal is to make beautiful scenes permanent by capturing their essence in my paintings.

Wide eyed and wonder

By Chris | December 18, 2018

Olivia wanted some watercolors for Christmas, but how does one work with a new medium? It was my pleasure teaching her to work with her new paints. The challenge for her was to keep her supplies away from her 4 year old brother… who of course want to help…. She then, being the big sister […]

Reflections Of Fall

By Chris | October 29, 2018

Fall on Cape Cod is beautiful, ¬†quieter times for cool refreshing weather rolling in and fall leaves changing. These breezes speak to me through the trees . A time when one goes strolling down the trail listening to the birds coming and going. The sounds of nature and the change in seasons brings joy to […]

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 1. Guild of Harwich ~ President
  • 2. Harwich Chamber of Commerce
  • 3. Snow Goose Gifts & Gallery/permanent display
  • 4. Hourglass Gifts and Gallery/ permanent display
  • 5. Harwich Cultural Center


The painting arrived safe and sound. Peter and I are enjoying it in our living room. It's great to have such a beautiful representation of the Cape in our home.


Chris's original works, commissioned pieces, seashells, prints on ceramic tiles and glass cutting
boards appeal to art appreciators of all ages - the young and young at heart. Each time that I view her work I have difficulty deciding which piece to add to my collection. Chris incorporates her "heart into nature's perfection" ergo "Art From the Heart".