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Kris Davenport Toohey


RKris Davenport Toohey is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils.  She discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University.  Then, while pursuing a career in luxury brand marketing, Kris furthered her art and design studies at the Parsons School of Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Students League of New York. Now living and working in coastal Connecticut, Kris is a part of The Art Studio - a shared workspace located in downtown Westport.  She is also a member of the Rowayton Arts Center (Full Exhibiting Member), Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Artists Collective of Westport.  Website:


Artist Statement

From the salt marshes of the Connecticut coast to the rolling hills of the Berkshires, Kris enjoys exploring the interplay of color and layers of light to create an emotional undercurrent.  While Kris’s starting point is always nature, the final painting is a combination of the artistic process and her imagination.  As the landscape unfolds, Kris builds veils of light, fluid reflections and misty depths by softly layering and blending both opaque colors and translucent glazes - often using tools such as rags, oversized brushes and her hands.  In each piece, Kris strives to create a tangible mood and a sense of atmosphere.

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