Christopher Alan Smith

A seventh generation Texan and current resident himself, the artist, Christopher Alan Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1995. Chris began creating the idea for the "Battlefield Texas Series" in 1999, at which time he began researching Texas' historical events. He started his first map illustration in January 2005 ("Battlefield Texas: Republic of Texas" map) and finished it in November of 2006 (almost 2 years).
Chris created his detailed map illustrations by using pen and ink (stipple technique) on acrylics. Between his extensive research and tedious illustrative process, Chris takes months to create most of his maps. "It's been theraputic to create historical maps using technical pens and paint, I was completely burned out with the computer creating digital graphics!"
After 14 years of working as a graphic designer in the publishing/advertising world, Chris decided to create his maps full time. "No more cubicles!!!"During this time period, Chris was also enlisted in the United States Army Reserves from 1992-2000. Recently, Smith completed a huge Battlefield Civil War map, a Route 66 map, and now is drawing several pop culture maps of individual cities such as Austin and Dallas.
Chris' maps can be seen all over Texas at juried fine art shows and in several stores. Smith has been featured in Austin American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express, Fort Worth Star Telegram and aired on Texas Country Reporter in 2010.








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"Austin Texas Map: Austin Music Scene"

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"Battlefield Civil War Map 1861-1865"

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"Battle Field Texas: Flags of Texas"

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"Battlefield Texas: Mission Trail Map (San Antonio)"

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"Battlefield Texas: Republic of Texas"

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"Battlefield Texas: Texas Ranger Badges"

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"Battlefield Texas: Texas Revolution Map"

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"Battlefield Texas: The Alamo"

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"Cattletrails and Cowtowns Map"

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"Dallas Texas Map"

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"Gettysburg Battle Map"

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"Historic Route 66 Map"

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"Houston Texas Map"

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"Texas Hill Country Map"

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"Texas Oil and Gas Map"

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"Thirteen Colonies Map"

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