Kris Parins - Fine Artist

Kris Parins

Townsend, WI - United States








Kris Parins

Townsend, WI - United States

Kris Parins - Fine Artist

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April 12th, 2011







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About Kris Parins

A Signature Member of NWS, FWS and other watercolor societies, my work has been featured on the covers of American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist magazines. I was selected as 'One to Watch' by Watercolor Artist Magazine. Additionally, my work is featured in 'Splash, the Best of Watercolor' editions 9, 14, 15 and 16.

Art and design have always been important to me. After earning a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Related Art, I studied graphic design. I worked as an art director and account executive, and occasionally created watercolor illustrations for clients' product graphics.

Since 1998, I have devoted my creative energy toward fine art in watercolor. The transparency and vibrancy, combined with an element of surprise, continue to keep me interested in this challenging medium. My computer and camera are integral to my creative process. Frequent travels provide fresh input and help to develop my way of seeing.

I maintain studios in Northern Wisconsin and Sarasota, Florida. I also lead watercolor workshops; my schedule is posted in my Blog on this site. My paintings are sold through galleries, exhibits, and this website.


Selected Juried and Invitational Exhibits:

Birds in Art International Exhibition, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau WI 2014
World Watermedia Exposition, Bangkok,Thailand 2014
Watercolor West International Exhibition, Brea, CA 2014
National Biennial Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda FL 2014
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition '08, '10, '11, '12, 14
Solo Exhibit, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, FL 2014
American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, New York, NY 2013
National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, San Pedro, CA '12, '13, '14
National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition 2013
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition FL '06, '09, '11, '12, '13, '14
Florida Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition '13, '14
Artists of the Myakka, Longboat Key, FL 2012
Fine Art Society of Sarasota Gallery Tour 2012
Artists of the New North, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah WI 2011
Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Exhibition '08, '10
National Watercolor Society All-Member Exhibit San Pedro, CA 2010
Wyoming Watercolor Society National Exhibition Sheridan WY 2007, '08, '09, '10
Featured Artist: Studio at Gulf & Pine Anna Maria Island FL 2010
Solo Exhibit Women's Resource Center, Sarasota FL 2009
The Island and its Beaches, Studio at Gulf & Pine, Anna Maria Island FL 2009
Transparent Exhibit FSWS, Art Center Manatee 2009
Women Contemporary Artists, Anna Maria Island FL 2008
Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait International Competition, Kimberly WI 2008
Landscapes, Joan Peters Gallery, Bradenton FL 2008
Solo Exhibit, Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota FL 2007
Transparent Watercolor Annual, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach FL 2006
Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors, Steenbach Gallery, Madison WI 2005
Watercolor Wisconsin, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine WI 2004
Northeast WI Art Annual, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay WI 1979, '01, '04
Solo Exhibit, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, W VA 2003
Solo Exhibit, Richard C. Anderson Gallery at Land's End Corporate Offices 2003
Barns & Farms National Exhibition, Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee WI 2003
Midwest Winter, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau WI 2002

'Splash 9, 14, 15, 16: 'The Best of Watercolor' North Light Publishing 2006-2015
Cover, American Artist Watercolor magazine, with 10-page article, Spring 2012
Cover, Watercolor Artist Magazine Dec 2011
'Creativity Challenge' authored 3-page article, Watercolor Artist Magazine Dec 2011
Cover, Wisconsin Visual Artists Magazine January 2011
'Ones To Watch' annual article Watercolor Artist Magazine Dec 2010
'From Pixels to Paper' authored 6-page article, Watercolor Artist Magazine Dec 2010
Cover, Farmers Market Today magazine, Winter 2010
Venice Gulf Coast Living Magazine: Featured Artist 2009

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Aqueous Exhibit: First Place 2012, 2014
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Societies Award 2013
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Transparent Exhibit: Second Place 2013
National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Jerry's Award 2012
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Golden Artists Color Award 2012
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit: Third Place 2011
Watercolor Wyoming 24th National Exhibition: Honorable Mention 2009
Watercolor Wyoming 23rd National Exhibition: Second Place 2008
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Winsor Newton Award 2008
Women Contemporary Artists Landscape Exhibit: Third Place 2008
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Artist-In-Residence 2003
Wisconsin Arts Board: Artists and Community Collaborations Grant 2002

West Bend Mutual Insurance, Jack Richeson, The National Parks, The University of Wisconsin,
Green Bay Public Schools, and many private collections

National Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Florida Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Southern Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Wyoming Watercolor Society, Signature Member
American Watercolor Society, Associate Member
Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Associate Member
Watercolor West, Associate Member

Related Experience:
Art Instructor, 2006 - present: Art Association of Jackson Hole WY; Ringling College of Art and Design; Venice Art Center;
Oshkosh Fine Arts Association; Waterloo Watercolor Group (Austin TX) Green Bay WI Area Watercolor Guild; North Port Art Center;
Peninsula School of Art (Door Co. WI); Chippewa Valley WI Arts Association
Co-owner/Co-manager, Lake Gallery, Lakewood WI 2007
Originator & Director, Gallery Days (Art Festival) Lakewood WI 2002-03
Account Executive and Art Director, Arketype, Green Bay WI 1995-98
Art Director, Lawrence University, Appleton WI 1993-95
Art Director, Goltz and Associates, Green Bay WI 1989-93
Owner/Manager, Fiberspace, Green Bay WI 1979-86

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, postgraduate studies: graphic design
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. in Related Art
Watercolor Studies with: John Salminen, Nita Engle, Ted Minchen, Bridget Austin, Tom Francesconi, Gloria Miller Allen, Ratindra Das, Jean Grastorf, Keiko Tanabe

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