Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.
Hello My Name is Kris Devlin
I was born in NJ in 1979. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 2008 with a partial scholarship funded by Hallmark. During the day I am pleased to work with adults with developmental disabilities making art at Skills to Succeed in Olathe, KS. My studio is located in Kansas City, MO. I work in watercolors, acrylic, and oil.
Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?
This series is an energy study. I started a health coach program in August. I am diving into reading about energetic lines in the human body, the science of habit change, and the awesome power of the human brain. Thinking about mindfulness and tools for becoming grounded and the oceans that flank the US and what they have been witness too. These paintings are what I’ve been thinking and learning about. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?
To acknowledge doubts and address them. To respect my painting time as work and non negotiable on my calendar. Writing artists statements. It is my goal for that to be a fun natural process.
Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?
Ari Fish, Jillian Youngbird, Heart of Gold Designs, Liz Luisada, Carmen Moreno, Devany Amber Wolfe, Jennifer Sullivan, Charline Bataille, Muffy Brandt, Emily Sall, Paula Wilson, Sjulle, Whitney Manney, Amanda Guerra, Christina Muniz … and so many more that I’m forgetting.
What are your book/music/movie recommendations?
Energetic Boundaries by Cindi Dale
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
Ideas moving forward
Murder Incorporated by Mumia Abu - Jamal and Stephen Vittoria
The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
The Rooftop Revolution by Danny Kennedy
The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri