Kris Iltis paints her “turn your head” images to catch the eye. Dancing brush-marks take the viewer on an unfixed celebration of color and light.
“I want to push color and simplify image to celebrate my subject. When I look at a painting I’m more interested in the artist‘s journey than their drafting skills.”
Kris can be found either “moving paint” in her Colorado studio, or “en plein air”, mountains, desert or by the sea. “Painting outdoors is the most delightful place to wrassle the unruly canvas.”
Growing up in Japan, Kris was heavily influenced by the woodblock prints her mother collected. “The flattened, simplified description of any image is the most delightful solution.”
Kris’s work can be found in various invitational shows, most recently with the Cherry Creek Art Gallery and Studio 8 in the Prism studio complex in Denver.
Kris has taught for various art groups and facilities in Colorado, and New Mexico including the Pace Center, Curtis Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Art Student’s League, Denver, and workshops at the Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM.