Biography

Ria Krishnan was born and raised in India.  Ria has been drawn towards painting since her childhood. With a lot of encouragement from family and friends this hobby transformed into passion at a very early age.  

Although she graduated as an Engineer and worked as a software engineer for a few years, she continued to be an artist at heart. Her career took a different path in 2009 when she decided to quit the software industry in order to pursue her passion.  Since then there has been no looking back.  In hindsight, this was the best decision of her life.


After trying her hand at mediums like charcoal, pastels and watercolor, she ultimately found comfort and preference in traditional oils. Her knowledge and proficiency with oils has improved through workshops with masters like Scott Christensen and countless hours of experimentation before her easel both inside and outside the studio.  She strives to improve her craft with every new landscape she paints.  

Being a plein air painter, she spends a lot of time with mother Nature.  All her work is inspired by  

outdoor ventures, may it be a small walk in her neighborhood or an elaborate hike in the wilderness.  She often makes sketches or small plein air studies on location with the intent of capturing the moment.

These studies along with several reference photographs translate into larger studio pieces.  Her emotional connect with the landscape and the atmosphere compels her to create paintings where the primary subject is “Light”. Making critical decisions with almost every brush stroke, she transforms a blank canvas into a captivating landscape.  

Her paintings are collected in many states across western America. In 2015 Southwest Art Magazine identified her as one of the 21 young artists in the country to collect. The editorial article, 21 Under 31 was published in their September 2015 issue.  Ria is an Associate member of the Oil Painters of America & California Art Club. She lives with her husband and works from her home studio in California.

Collections
  • Atlas Spinal Care, Vancouver, WA

Publications

Select Exhibitions

2018  "Between Light & Shadow" - Solo Show, San Jose, CA

2018  Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Greeley, CO

2018  The Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

 

2017  "Tiny" - Holiday Show, STUDIO Gallery SF, San Francisco, CA

2017  10th Annual Art About Agriculture Show, Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA

2017  The California Plein Air Painters Group Show, Yosemite, CA

2017  The Favell Museum Juried Art Show, Klamath Falls, OR

2017  Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Greeley, CO

2017  The Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

2016  The Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, AZ

2016  The Favell Museum Juried Art Show, Klamath Falls, OR

2016  Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Greeley, CO
2016  Golden State Sunshine - California Art Club, Altadena, CA
2016  Solo Show - Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR

2015  6" Square Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2015  Fall Festival of the Arts, Troutdale, OR
2015  Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2015, Hood River, OR
2015  The Lavender Paint Out, Newberg, OR
2015  Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Greeley, CO
2015  2 year Art Exhibit - US Embassy, Brunei
2015  Plein Air: A Chronicle of lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, OR
2015  Lake Oswego Plein Air, Lake Oswego, OR
2015  Solo Show - Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR

2014  Holiday Show - Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR
2014  Hillsboro Plein Air, Hillsboro 2014, OR
2014  The Pearl Art Auction, Portland, OR
2014  Richard Schmid LIVE Art Auction, Fort Collins, CO
2014  Art in the Heart - Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA

2013  Art in the Heart - Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
2013  Group show - Forever Art, Portland, OR

2012  A Room with a View - Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
2012  Green Show - Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

2010  Group show - Upstate Artists Guild, Albany, NY

Education

2014  Scott Christensen's Intensive workshop, Victor, ID
2014  Kathryn Stats Plein Air workshop, Hood River, OR

2012  Plein Air painting workshop - Craig Srebnik, Lake Oswego, OR

2012  Landscape painting workshop - Craig Srebnik, Portland, OR

2006  Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication, India

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