My first art class since junior high school was at the Laguna Woods Art Association and it opened up a whole new world to me. It was a comfortable and welcoming environment that made it possible for me to succeed and grow both artistically and in many other ways. I now volunteer and hope to help keep LWAA and our studio thriving and a place where everyone can participate happily and successfully at any level, from total beginner to seasoned professional.
Many years ago, in high school days, I developed an itch to learn to caricature but never really scratched it. Unlike many of our members in LWAA, I did not have any formal education in art: a BS in Chemistry and MBA hardly qualifies. During my years at UCLA, I didn't even take an optional course in art appreciation. Music appreciation was my choice.
Before the pandemic restrictions, I took some relevant courses in 2019, such as Portrait, Drawing with the Right Brain, and a few short sessions. When pandemic restrictions eased, I took a two-day course from one of the industry's leading figures, Tom Richmond, in late January 2022. Participation boosted my morale, taught me new skills, and reinvigorated me. Through continuing activity in LWAA, I hope to gain insight into supporting techniques, such as coloring techniques.
BA in Visual Arts, UC San Diego
MBA in IT Management, Univ. of Phoenix
Painter of Native Plants
Beginning her art career in the 1970’s, Kris has received numerous awards and recognition with work in national and international collections. She is a former member of the San Diego Art Institute, California Native Plant Society, and La Jolla Art Association, where she completed a 3- year term as their president in 2012.
She began studying native plants when she built a small house in the northern California coastal redwoods right after her college days. Her love of the plant world is evident in her gentle and sensuous rendering of hundreds plant paintings and drawings.
More recently she is painting and drawing abstractions, landscapes, still-lives and portraits, as well.
Botanical art has fascinated me ever since my studies began at Morton Arboretum in Illinois. There I was introduced to colored pencil, watercolor, pen & ink… and botany! It has been a magical journey, weaving together my love for art, plants, and being outdoors. I owe earnest gratitude to the nature art teachers who touched off a new pathway for my creativity and helped deepen my devotion to the “Green Nation.”
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us”. ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer