About Kris

For over 30 years I've created illustrations in a block print style for the publishing editorial and packaging industries nation wide. My subjects varied from conceptual works for computer magazines (PC Mag, Unix) to works for children’s books and  readers. Most reently, since 2007, I've been designing and illustrating interpretive signage for state, county and city parks. My clients include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Macmillan publishing, Amazon, Whole Foods and Atlantic Monthly among many others.

I’m a seasoned instructor, having taught art since 1984 at the School of Visual concepts (Seattle) and later at Seattle Central CC. I love teaching people, young and old, and continue practicing to this present day. Teaching watercolor, figure drawing, basic and advanced drawing, relief printmaking and illustration are my specialties. I’m very versatile and have experience with many mediums.

You can see my interpretive signage depicting marine life, birds, flora and history at many state, city and county parks on Whidbey and Camano Islands, and around the Puget Sound region. 

My illustration and personal work focuses on the natural world. Trees, water, animals and human relationships are common subjects. And because I enjoy spending time outdoors, I often sketch and paint on location. Many of these works are shown and sold at galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Before starting my illustration career I received a BA in painting from Western Washington University, Bellingham. I continued my studies in illustration at the School of Visual Concepts, Seattle.

You can view my artwork and illustration at www.kriswiltse.com.


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