Chrys Riviere-Blalock studied in New York at Parsons The New School for Design where she met and was greatly influenced by painter Alice Neel, and earned a MA in art at Appalachian State University. She has lived and taught in small colleges in western North Carolina for 25 years and taught in travel/study undergraduate programs in Paris and Provence.

Artist’s statement: “Paul Klee said, ‘The aim is to reveal the invisible.’ Although my work addresses what is perceived visually, the aim is to embrace the seen and the unseen. I am currently working on a series of landscapes of upper Cleveland County, NC. My process of painting is simple: seeing and responding. What I see is exhilarating…vast space, a robust and wonderously alive landscape that is simultaneously as delicate and fragile as each spring’s new leaf. The transience of this physical environment becomes a mirror for an inner reality, a metaphor for the awareness of human mortality coexisting with the exuberance of life. The response, the task of painting, is about the sensuous act of applying paint and the pure joy of making color.”