My latest obsession? 

All it takes is the slightest change in perspective, a subtle shift in observation –then suddenly surroundings and routines, familiar to the point of boredom are completely fresh and new. How this can this be? All nuances had been explored yet now there is a new lens from which to interpret the place called home.

I was born in Chattanooga, and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Drawing and painting were natural outlets. However, a pivotal shift occurred when I attended a class in figure drawing at the University of Miami. After graduation, and for practical reasons, I began a career in graphic design, keeping fine art pursuits to the side. Eventually I returned to East Tennessee and earned a MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I now call home. Throughout my 17-year career in design, I kept building my fine art practice and occasionally exhibited. I have been a full-time painter now for over six years. In addition to the human figure, my work includes urbanscapes and still lifes.

Influences include artists such as Tom Root, Hollis Dunlap and Steven Assael, with each of whom I have spent time studying. And countless historical artists such as Edward Hopper and Lucian Freud continue to inspire me. 

As an artist, my world toggles between the real and the perceived. No matter my initial planning and expectations, the outcome of it all cannot be predicted or controlled. My visual voice is at play at the easel and something happens when time is shared with a model or in an environment.

I constantly look for and ask, What is real? – especially in today’s world of carefully-choreographed “Instagrammable” moments.

This I do know–

The pursuit of what “it” is is life itself.


Kris Rehring is a figurative painter. She works primarily in oils with emphasis on the human figure, urbanscapes and still lifes. Currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee, she is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, has exhibited in national juried shows and is the recipient of several awards. Born in Chattanooga, she was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and earned a BS from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. She earned a MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Most recently she was a participant in the JSS Summer Art School and Residency's Master Class program in Civita Castellana, Italy.