Kris Toohey

From the Connecticut coast to the rolling Berkshires, the natural world of the Northeast serves as Kris Davenport Toohey’s primary inspiration.  She enjoys exploring the interplay of color and light to create an emotional undercurrent in each landscape.

Kris starts each landscape by underpainting the canvas with a metallic acrylic gloss to create a luminous glow.  Then, she moves to her main medium - oil paint. Kris creates a sense of atmosphere by layering and blending the colors.  Then, to bring the canvas to life, Kris often adds a finishing metallic touch for a burnished effect.

Kris discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College.  Then, while pursuing an MBA at Columbia University and a career in brand marketing in New York City, she had the opportunity to further pursue studio art and design at Parsons School of Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Students League of New York.  

Kris now lives and paints in Westport, CT where she is a member of The Art Studio CT – a collaborative artists’ loft located in downtown Westport.  A gallery of her current paintings can be found on her website