It's been written that Kris Killman's art is born out of darkness. The watercolors explode with vibrant color and rich textures. In fact it might be said that my artistic heartbeat was born in spite of my surroundings. I come from working environments where darkness and lack of inspiration reign. While one might think watercolor artists spend their days studying and painting idyllic meadows and florals by sunny beaches, my days are spent not filled with sunshine. I must seek the light and colors before I can paint them making my expression of it that much more important to my sanity. I began my working career in a coal mine 750 feet underground, as darkness and danger filled my days and I occasionally carried out the lifeless body of a co-worker. Six years later I was laid off when the mines started to shut down. I next found employment in a maximum security penitentiary. While physically less dangerous, the atmosphere still retains a dark and hopeless feel, much like the lives who reside there. From this darkness I resolved to find myself a place of light, color and hope in which to take sanctuary at the end of the work day. I am a self taught artist who learned through trail and error and a few "how to books." The result for this search for light has been nothing short of phenomenal. My work has garnered awards in numerous contests and juried art shows. Corporate and private investors collect my work. Professionally, my work has earned the respect of the Illinois arts community as well as international acclaim. The work is available through private showings and can be viewed at numerous galleries. I try to embody the spirit of a craftsman as well as that of an artist.I take fleeting moments of beauty around me and whenever I can find them turn them into long lasting windows of light and color, beautyfully appreciating and expanding on the everyday moments that others might take for granted.
Biography: Coal miner for 6 years and officer at a maximum security penitentiay for 17 years. Paint watercolors for 12 years. Winning numerous awards and collectors along the way. Officer and founding member of a local artists guild. Taught numerous classes on watercolor. Help coordinate many indoor and outdoor art shows. Published photo in Library of Photography. Won best of show for "Waiting for Rescue" at last 2 shows.
Country: United States
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