Kris Straukus


    Kris was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Forsyth County in 2006. She started taking drawing and painting seriously during high school in the early 1980’s and continued with a few classes in college and private instruction. As an artist, Kris’ specialty are color pencil drawings with focus in portraiture, animals and floral pieces, recently, she has expanded to working with mixed media with emphisis in ink, acrylic, and encaustic mediums.

    “For over 30 years of learning and experimenting I have found that a simple pencil or brush are powerful tools of self-expression with infinite possibilities.”

    Kris is currently an art instructor,  past president, board member and event co-chair of Sawnee Association of the Arts, all are positions which she loves and takes very seriously. She has truly enjoyed learning the history of SAA, getting to know each SAA member and is in awe of the talent of all the local artists in Forsyth County.  Kris has won numerous awards in art organizations in Illinois and Georgia and had several private art commissions. Blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband, two beautiful grown children, which she is incredibly proud of, and four adorable grand dogs.

    Favorite quote is “Learning never exhausts the mind”…Leonardo de Vinci.

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Color Pencil Techniques