Chris Thomas
Owner/Creative Director

Phone: 843-446-2525

What is Upriver?

   Upriver is a Creative Services studio that employs a variety of talent to arrive at effective marketing communications. As a direct resource to clients, or outsourced partner for consultants and ad agencies, Upriver assembles everything from graphic layouts to strategic marketing teams. With a foundation in art for graphic-intense projects, to art direction that serves a practical purpose, our Clients enjoy affordable rates and direct contact in a process that’s oriented toward the way they want to work.

   After many rewarding years working at traditional advertising agencies throughout North and South Carolina, I decided to put my commercial art training and fine art passion to work for myself – on behalf of less traditional-need clients. In addition to the necessary workspace and high-end design tools, Upriver Studio surrounds you with inspiration – everything from reference books, to Indian artifacts, to toy car collections, to my Plunderware sculptures. It’s a place to truly keep the artistic juices flowing on the marsh at Pawleys Island, SC.

   Because my client’s needs and requests sometimes expanded beyond my own areas of expertise, I began affiliating with a number of specialized consultants and marketing companies.

   Today, through a network of Affiliates, I supplement my creative services with some of the most capable brand consultants, marketing strategists, media planners, and the like in the southeast. These are professionals I trust, who have become my go-to team when the services of a “virtual agency” are called for.