Kris was born in Christchurch in 1971 and studied art and design at Christchurch Polytechnic, graduating in 1992 with a diploma of Visual Communications. She has since worked as a graphic designer and illustrator along with some time away travelling before taking up painting full-time in 2010.
Kris works from her studio in Summerhill overlooking the Oxford Ranges towards Glentui and Mt Thomas. The local environment is a constant source of stimulation, from the unfolding drama of the nor’wester above foothills or wild flowers dropping petals. Large painted landscapes convey a sense of movement and atmospheric energy whilst small drypoint prints of sculls, nests and moths in heirloom bottles commemorate foraged beauty. Kris can often be found out walking in the local bush or down at the Rakahuri River close by.
She loves drawing in a range of mediums and paints predominantly in acrylics and watercolour. She has recently been experimenting with monoprinting, drypoint etching and screen printing as well as mixed media collage.