Krista Harris is an expressionist painter whose work blurs lines

between abstraction and the natural world. Richly layered and

nuanced surfaces keep images and ideas in the air as if waiting

to come into focus. Allusions to landscape and the figure, interwoven

with pattern and line, collaborate to suspend a moment

in time, something almost recognizable, suggestive of a place that

is everywhere and nowhere at once.

 

Harris’ mixed media works on canvas and paper “are part art,

part science experiment” she says, referencing her love of materials

and the unpredictability of process. Her quick, natural energy

is evident and easily recognizable in the work, regardless of

surface or medium. The results lure and lull the viewer to share

in the hypnotic journey; to slow down, to wander, and to see

with child-like vision again.

 

"My process lies somewhere between painting and drawing. I am

equally passionate about both and I compose the work by creating

patinas of color with custom mixed glazes, building areas that

are worked in reverse by scratching, sanding or removing paint,

playing transparent atmospheric passages against thick opaque

shapes, then working in and out and weaving it all together with

seemingly random lines and marks. It’s a very sensual and

cathartic process, and losing and finding the work as it progresses

is a delicate balancing act."

Krista Harris is an expressionist painter whose work blurs lines

between abstraction and the natural world. Richly layered and

nuanced surfaces keep images and ideas in the air as if waiting

to come into focus. Allusions to landscape and the figure, interwoven

with pattern and line, collaborate to suspend a moment

in time, something almost recognizable, suggestive of a place that

is everywhere and nowhere at once.

 

Harris’ mixed media works on canvas and paper “are part art,

part science experiment” she says, referencing her love of materials

and the unpredictability of process. Her quick, natural energy

is evident and easily recognizable in the work, regardless of

surface or medium. The results lure and lull the viewer to share

in the hypnotic journey; to slow down, to wander, and to see

with child-like vision again.

 

"My process lies somewhere between painting and drawing. I am

equally passionate about both and I compose the work by creating

patinas of color with custom mixed glazes, building areas that

are worked in reverse by scratching, sanding or removing paint,

playing transparent atmospheric passages against thick opaque

shapes, then working in and out and weaving it all together with

seemingly random lines and marks. It’s a very sensual and

cathartic process, and losing and finding the work as it progresses

is a delicate balancing act."