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YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE 31 
2016 JURIED EXHIBITION
Yosemite National Park Museum & Gallery
Museum:  www.nps.gov/yosemite/museum

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K R I S     L A E L     T E M P L E

Art is the music of the soul

A means to express the beauty

and wonder

of the world

Something touches me

I am caught...

Becoming the instrument...

Discovering the essence

of a moment in time

​                                   klt

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ABOUT  THE  ARTIST

A native of Southern California, I grew up in Orange County and settled in Modjeska Canyon in 1973, where I raised 2 sons and currently reside with my husband.

​I am a self-taught artist. My mother was an artist and a founding member of the La Habra Art Association, and so I was exposed to the rewards of creating and enjoying art at a very early age. I was given my first oils and a canvas board while in 6th grade, and there began a lifetime love of oil painting. While keeping my hand in painting, I spent most of my adult life in the workforce, and am currently retired from a career with the County of Orange Social Services Agency.  

I began winning awards for and selling my work before graduating High School, and exhibited by invitation for many years during the '70s and '80s at the Hillcrest Annual Art Festival in Whittier. I have won numerous awards over the years in various Southern California venues, and had a painting juried into the top 200 in the nation in the 1992 Arts for the Parks competition.   


RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS INCLUDE:​


  • First, Second, Third Place  and Honorable Mention awards at the Saddleback Art League Annual Spring Juried Show, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • First place in Pastel Category at Anaheim Art Association Open Juried Show, 2013
  • Exhibitor by invitation at Bistango Restaurant Gallery for the fall-winter 2014-2015 season
  • Two paintings juried into the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Illuminations Exhibition for November 2014; awarded an Honorable Mention 
  • Two paintings in the Brea Art Gallery's 30th Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition, 2015, and one painting juried into the 32nd Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition, 2017
  • Exhibitor in the Yosemite Renaissance XXXI, 2016 Juried Exhibition; awarded an Honorable Mention; permanent museum website illustration - website link below
  • ​Exhibitor in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters  juried show beginning 2014 through the upcoming 2018 season,  which opens to the public  July 5th through September 1st, 2018  -  see  website link below for more information


ABOUT  THE  ART

My art is greatly influenced by my love of the natural world​ and I'm drawn to paint that which evokes the beauty and wonder I see around me. A central focus for my work is color, and I am fascinated by the slippery and mysterious ways colors, tones and values shift their relationships to one another with even the most subtle of changes.  I am also drawn to explore the effects of light and shadow, textures and patterns, and while the subject matter is from life, I love to experiment, often taking plenty of artistic license.

The majority of my work is done in the studio from photos. I spend a great deal of time playing with my photos in the PC, duplicating and manipulating them many times over before arriving at a decision for a painting.  It is also not unusual for me to combine several photographs for a final composition.

While studio painting is my first love, I also find plein-air painting to be especially enjoyable and exhilarating. The fast and loose approach with this is very different, and can be quite challenging and exciting.

Overall in my work I value discovery, mastery and personal growth, and I feel very fortunate to be on such a beautiful path at this time of my life.


GALLERIES

LAEL ART STUDIO           Modjeska Canyon  CA  

                                               by appointment    714 . 697 . 1522