Christopher J. Oglesby grew up in a world of art, creativity and entertainment. His paternal grandfather was a lithographer and accomplished regional painter & sculptor from Oklahoma while his maternal grandfather was a TV & radio personality, actor & musician in Tulsa. His parents were educators at Texas Tech University, mother was an English instructor and his father has long been a coach and athletic administrator at Texas Tech University.
Oglesby was reared in Lubbock Texas and received his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from Texas Tech University. He moved to Austin in 1992 where he pursued a career in law and government administration, including a stint in the Office of the Governor of Texas and more than twelve years managing a not-for-profit trust for people with disabilities. During his spare time, in May 2001, Oglesby created www.virtualubbock.com, a website dedicated to West Texas music, art and culture. In September 2006, the University of Texas Press published his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” (UT Press, 2006), which received the 2007 Certificate of Merit for Research in Recorded Popular Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Oglesby was a featured author at the 2006 Texas Book Festival.
While promoting the book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air” Oglesby began producing music shows, featuring many of the artists in the book including Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jay Boy Adams, and Bob Livingston of the Lost Gonzo Band. Thus Oglesby became executive producer of Sandstorm Picnic, a series of live music showcases, including a featured showcase for South by Southwest Festival 2009. Then in 2011 Oglesby created & produced South Austin Groovy Sundays, another live music series located at an Austin craft brewery featuring primarily local Austin artists performing original music. Oglesby has produced more than 100 successful music events. He is associate producer and writer of the documentary film “Lubbock Lights” (289 Films, 2005), and is a credited consultant on the documentary film “The Education of Shelby Knox” (InCite Pictures, 2005). He has published articles in popular, literary and academic journals.
Oglesby began painting full-time in May 2014, created his brand Pretty Cool Art by cjo in November 2014 and launched this website in April 2015 in order to bring his Pretty Cool Art from Austin Texas USA to the world.