“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
– Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer and speaker
Chris Rentzel, a Dallas, Texas native living in Portland, Oregon, started composing music at age seven. Growing-up years were spent musically, but Chris went on to study photography in college. While working 9-5 jobs, Chris combined music, photography, and his weird sense of humor in a series of short films. Because of those films, Chris was chosen to co-produce “The Jack E. Jett” television show. After the death of his stepfather James Crowe, a celebrated Dallas sculptor, Chris felt a calling to quit his day job and pursue artistic endeavors full-time.
In January 2008 he completed a feature-length film, The Many Strange Stories of Triangle Woman. Shortly after completion of the film, Chris discovered Portland, Oregon, where he relocated in May 2008. Since then Chris has written/co-written several musicals (see CV), partnered in a cannabis farm, opened/closed an art gallery Triangle Woman Gallery and is currently spending a lot of his time playing pickleball!
artwork: Mark Bradford