Kris Horton

Portland, Maine
I have a lifetime behind me of art teaching, entrepreneurship, child rearing and manual labor. I now have the time and resources to fully devote myself to the joy of making visual art. The last five and a half years, I have been creating in oil and acrylic paint speaking my heart through visual story-telling. It is time to get my art work out of the studio. Education 1974-1976 University of Maine at Orono, Orono, Maine. Bachelor of Science with a focus on Philosophy, Art and Sociology.
1976-1978 Portland School of Art, Portland, Maine. Foundation Program with a focus on Sculpture. 1980-1981 University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine. Bachelor of Science with Art Education Major. Maine State Certified K-12 Art Education. Student teaching: Waynflete School, K-12. Work History 1982-1986 Art Teacher, Cape Elizabeth High School, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Developed a four year, ten course curriculum for the Art Department. Guided portfolios for students entering college, ran five after school art clubs, and held many in school and external student art shows. 1994-1997 Art Teacher, Homeschoolers of Maine, Bar Mills, Maine. Facilitated group sessions and taught private classes in drawing, painting and printmaking. 1987-1997 Flower and Vegetable Farmer, Snell’s Family Farm, which allowed me to bring all three of my children to work. I did photo documentation, graphic art work for promotion, and was a tour educator for school groups and a farm laborer. 1993-1997 Company owner: Cassandra Stencils, Bar Mills, Maine. Designed and hand cut over eighty complex stencils. Applied the stencils to a clothing line, paintings and walls. Hired four painters and a salesman for boutique shops throughout New England. 1998-2017 Company owner: K.Horton Specialty Foods, Portland, Maine. Managed 3-7 employees and operated every aspect of the business. For the last ten years, also managed the Public Market House, Community Kitchen and facilitated over 350 start up businesses. Skills Visual artist with paint and collage, Art instructor in 2D and 3D, Business Owner, entrepreneur, Stencil Artist, Plein Air and Portraiture Artist 2020 Juried show, Roux and Cyr International Fine Arts Gallery, Portland Me, 2 pieces. 2021 Current Solo Exhibit, Rangeley Friends of the Arts, Rangeley Maine, 44 pieces.