Krystee Iris

Krystee Iris



Krystee-Iris is an artist living, working and creating in Wellington, New Zealand. Mum to Louis and Lachlan, and wife to Logan, Krystee spends her days playing in the park with her babes, while still finding time to dream up new creative ideas. For Krystee, creativity is a vital part of life; a way to maintain balance and harmony in the daily rhythm of life.

In 2007 Krystee graduated from the School of Creative Arts In Sydney with a Diploma in Christian Ministry, majoring in Contemporary Visual Arts. On returning to New Zealand she began study toward a career in art education, completing a Bachelor of Media Arts and Post graduate diploma in Secondary Art teaching.

After time spent teaching both in public schools and private programmes, Krystee’s practice began to evolve in order to facilitate time for creativity amongst the busyness of motherhood. Falling for the versatility and ever-developing process of watercolour,  Krystee is currently exploring the spontaneous and free-flowing media for its unique textures and details. Krystee’s work sings of strong links of her love for the land and sea through motifs, subtle marks and vibrant colours. She sees the creative process not to be about perfection, but simply about beginning the journey to create, all while growing in the process.



Krystee-Iris has been fascinated by the process of working with fluid mediums such as Encaustic and Watercolours over the past 10 years. Fluid mediums create spontaneous textures, forms and colours. These mediums organically invite the artist to a process of abstraction, to let go of control and remain open to the possibilities and suggestions that the media reveals. A major source of inspiration comes from natural landscape: the colours, textures, how the land is formed. Each painting is an open-ended exploration, working with equal parts, spontaneity and careful analysis. The result is a surface rich in colour and depth that invites the viewer to contemplate it’s complexity.

I had a piece commissioned for a friends 40th, Krystee really captured my vision for the painting. Krystee sent me colourings along the way to make sure I was happy with the tone of the painting. The final picture was incredible and beyond what I imagined, needless to say my friend loved it.

We have found Krystee very versatile in her techniques and been happy to accommodate our requests for paintings

We have purchased many paintings for ourselves and for friends over the years since first meeting Krystee and all of them have become statement pieces in the home with many people commenting on how great they are.
— Jenna Limmer