Kris is an internationally known artist, instructor, and juror. American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist magazine covers have featured Kris’ paintings, and she has authored articles for those publications. Her work was selected for several editions of Splash: The Best of Watercolor. She has earned signature status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS) National Watercolor Society (NWS) and Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), and Master Status in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS).
Delight in nature was instilled in Kris in her childhood, spent at the edge of a lake in northern Wisconsin. That same small lake now provides the view and inspiration from the windows of her summer studio. She also maintains a working studio in Sarasota, Florida.
After earning a degree in Related Art from the University of Wisconsin she worked in fibers for several years. A career as an Art Director in the advertising and design field led to an interest in illustration. Since 1998 Kris has directed her creative energy toward fine art.
While she paints a wide variety of subjects, from landscape to architecture, she utilizes the transparency of watercolor to capture the patterning effect of light, which is an ongoing theme in her paintings. She is best known for employing a technique of pouring liquefied paint to create her images, one layer at a time. Kris’ computer and camera are integral to her creative process. Frequent travels provide fresh input and continue to develop her way of seeing.
Kris was one of 17 U.S. artists invited to participate in the first World Watercolor Exposition Thailand, (WWET) hosted by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture in Bangkok. Her paintings have been selected for the International Birds in Art Annual Exhibitions and Traveling Exhibitions. A recent achievement was receiving the Fred E Albrecht Award at the 2016 American Watercolor Society Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Her award-winning artwork is in many private and public collections, including the Woodson Art Museum, the National Parks, Jack Richeson, the University of Wisconsin, and West Bend Insurance.
Originals and archival quality prints are available on her website: