The highly sought after Bay Area makeup artist works with celebrities, top commercial directors and photographers, high end corporate clients and popular TV shows. Her approach to makeup: "I once heard Japanese gardening described as 'carefully manicured nature,' and that is an aesthetic that I love. It's about grooming and enhancing natural beauty."
Kris grew up in Oregon, where her artistic gifts were recognized at a young age. She began attending college art classes at age 15, honing her skills in portraiture, figure drawing and anatomy. A love of the culinary arts led Kris to become a Pastry Chef, and she baked her way through college, studying Fine Arts and Graphic Design. "Makeup Artistry is not that different from being a Pastry Chef: I must be organized. Quality ingredients are lovingly mixed together. Knowing when to add more, and when to stop are key. There is a magic and chemistry to both. My love of art, nature, beauty, healing arts and creative collaboration all come together when I do makeup." In recent years she has had the pleasure of returning to the kitchen as Makeup Artist for many of the best Celebrity Chefs on The Food Network.
Kris is an industry expert on HD makeup and airbrush makeup, and was the High Def Makeup Consultant for CBS 5's conversion to high definition. She appreciates history and her historic research and period makeup skills can be seen in movies like Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack" (Marilyn Monroe and Elvis), "The Joy Luck Club," "Patch Adams," the PBS movies, "Seeing In The Dark," and "John Muir In The New World" and the BBC's "Birth of Hollywood." In the 1980's Kris managed a San Francisco photography studio where in addition to doing makeup, she manually retouched prints and murals, oversaw a custom lab, and curated a historic archive of large format glass negatives and photos from the turn of the century. She also restores antique devotional art, mainly colonial carved wooden 'santos,' making the worn faces serene and beautiful again.
Kris' vibrant spirit, calm demeanor and professionalism help put people at ease, and everyone that sits in her chair is given star treatment. She speaks Spanish and has been a member of IATSE local 706 Makeup Artists' and Hairstylists' Union since 1995. Kris and her husband live near the Napa Valley.
"If you can dream it, you can do it."