Kris Shanks is a plein air landscape painter and woodblock printmaker working in the wine country of Sonoma County in Northern California.
Kris writes that "Painting landscapes plein air, directly from the subject, is a way for me to connect with the natural world. The experience of being immersed in one’s subject, taking in the sounds and smells of a landscape even as I’m trying to capture the visual essence of the view, is a dynamic and energizing experience. Painting outside forces me to work quickly to capture fleeting colors and shadow patterns as the light changes. My work seeks to capture a particular moment in time, and as such they are artifacts of my process of bearing witness to the landscape. I’m interested in the dynamic tension between creating an illusion of space while maintaining the viewer’s awareness of a flat, paint-covered surface. I hope that when someone looks at my paintings they have a sense of the place I painted, but also that they maintain an awareness that somebody made this object, that you see the marks of the brush, and the interplay of line, color and shape on a surface." To purchase Kris's paintings, go here. Source