Watercolor artist featured as “artistresidence” at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — An artist introduced to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through the annual Birds in Art exhibit, is now being featured as their “artist-in-residence.”

Kris Parins began her professional career in graphic design, but she says she’s always been interested in art.

Her preferred method is in watercolor.

“It’s a poured technique where I liquefy the paint and pour it out on the paper and then rock the paper back and forth and get the pigment to mix on the paper,” Parins explained.

2018 was her fourth year to enter the Birds in Art exhibition and this time she chose to display a green heron. A bird she’s come to know during her time growing up in Wisconsin, and also when she turns into a snowbird herself.

“I can’t get very close to one here in Wisconsin, but in Florida the birds are quite a bit less shy,” Parins said.

Parins will lead workshops with elementary students this week, and with adults and teens this weekend.