Christian Platt, born 1986, in Washington, DC, began his study of painting in weekend classes at the Corcoran School of Art and at the Maret School, from which he graduated in 2005. The summer after high school he went out to Dubois, Wyoming to work as a wrangler on summer pack trips. He then attended Denison University, where he stayed for a semester before deciding to return west to work full time.
He spent the next three years on the Switchback Ranch, a 200,000-acre ranch in Red Lodge, Montana, working in their cutting horse program and as a wrangler in their big game hunting camps in the Absaroka Range outside of Cody, Wyoming. Although lacking a background in horses, he picked up the work quickly thanks to help from those around him.
Painting full-time since the summer of 2008, Christian Platt focuses on large-scale oil landscapes, often inspired by his time in the Montana and Wyoming wilderness, as well as his childhood spent in the Virginia countryside. He also dedicates himself to large-scale still lifes. He currently lives and paints in Sperryville, VA.