A Signature Member of several watercolor societies including AWS, NWS and TWSA, Kris Parins' award-winning paintings and articles have been featured in Watercolor Artist, International Artist, and American Artist Watercolor magazines, as well as several editions of Splash, the Best of Watercolor. Her work is regularly included in international competitions, including the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum.
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 an art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison she studied graphic design. As an art director and account executive, she enjoyed creating watercolor illustrations for her clients' product graphics. Since 1999, Kris has directed her creative energy toward fine art. Watercolor’s transparency and vibrancy, combined with an element of surprise, continue to keep her interested in this challenging medium. Her computer and camera are integral to her creative process. Frequent travels provide fresh input and continue to develop her way of interpreting the world around her.