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Kris Parins

Kris Parins

Watercolor

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A Signature Member of AWS, NWS, TWSA and other watercolor societies, my work has been featured on the covers of American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist magazines. Special recognition includes 3 consecutive years juried into in "Birds in Art", an international exhibit, with a purchase by Woodson Art Museum for their collection. I was selected as "One to Watch" by Watercolor Artist Magazine. Additionally, my work is featured in five editions of "Splash, the Best of Watercolor".

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. My paintings are sold through galleries, exhibits, and this website.

Note: The "Contact the Artist" link may not be working. Please contact me at kris@krisparins.com. Thanks!
A Signature Member of AWS, NWS, TWSA and other watercolor societies, my work has been featured on the covers of American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist magazines. Special recognition includes 3 consecutive years juried into in "Birds in Art", an international exhibit, with a purchase by Woodson Art Museum for their collection. I was selected as "One to Watch" by Watercolor Artist Magazine. Additionally, my work is featured in five editions of "Splash, the Best of Watercolor".

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. My paintings are sold through galleries, exhibits, and this website.

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Affiliations:
American Watercolor Society, Siganature Member
National Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Signature Life Member
Florida Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Southern Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Master Signature Member
Wyoming Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Watercolor West, Associate Member

Selected Juried and Invitational Exhibits:
American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, New York, NY 2013, '15, '16
American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition 2015, '16
Birds in Art International Exhibition, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau WI '14 - '16
Birds in Art Traveling Exhibition, 2015-'16
Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Exhibition 2008, '10, '16, '17
International Watercolor Society, Vancouver, Canada 2016
WAS-H International, Houston, TX 2015-'16
Solo Exhibit, Lexow Gallery, Sarasota FL 2016
World Watermedia Exposition, Bangkok,Thailand 2014
Watercolor West International Exhibition, Brea, CA 2014-'15
National Biennial Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda FL 2014, '16
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition '08, '10 - '12, '14, '16
Solo Exhibit, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, FL 2014
National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, San Pedro, CA '12 - '14
National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition 2013
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition FL '06, '09, '11 - '16
Florida Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition '13 - '15
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
National Watercolor Society All-Member Exhibit San Pedro, CA 2010
Wyoming Watercolor Society National Exhibition Sheridan WY 2007 - '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

Selected Awards:
American Watercolor Society Exhibit: Fred E Albrecht Award 2016
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibit: Transparency Award 2016
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Winslow Homer Award 2015
Watercolor West International Exhibit: Martin/Weber Award 2014
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibit: First Place 2012, 2014 (3)
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Societies Award 2013
National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Jerry's Award 2012
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Golden Artists Color Award 2012
Watercolor Wyoming 23rd National Exhibition: Second Place 2008
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition: Winsor Newton Award 2008
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Artist-In-Residence 2003
Wisconsin Arts Board: Artists and Community Collaborations Grant 2002

Publications:
"Splash: The Best of Watercolor" editions 9, 14-16, 18 F&W Publications 2006 - '17
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

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

Related Experience:
Art Workshop Instructor, 2006 - 2016
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

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