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 pearlescent or metallic acrylic 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 touch of metallic or pearl for a jewelry-like 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 with her family in Westport, CT.  She continues to challenge herself through classes at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT, and through her commitment to The Art Studio CT - a collaborative loft-space located in downtown Westport.  A gallery of the artist’s current landscape paintings can be found on her website