KRIS RINGMAN (she/they) is a deaf queer artist, author, and wanderer.
Their paternal family came from Sweden & Finland before they immigrated to America, so the title of this site draws upon these origins as well as their studies in Norse mythology & seiðr, and the fox as one of their animal familiars.
Kris is perpetually inspired by animals, nature, world mythology, and their wanderings to far off countries like India, Thailand, Greece, and Iceland.
Acrylic paint is their current preferred medium and they love to paint on wood panels & wood rounds. They are drawn to metallic accents, so many of their paintings have copper painted edges.
Her favorite visual artists include Frida Kahlo, John Bauer, Alice Neel, Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio, Susan Dupor, Susan Seddon Boulet, Wyland, and many others.
Kris wants to stretch the ways that color can accentuate the lights and darks of a painting while always painting eyes staring out to give the canvas a life—a unique spirit of its own. Kris is obsessed with the intersection of animal and human, nature and human, spirit and human—the ways that all of us must learn to shapeshift in response to the challenges we face throughout our lives—the ways we must find the things we lost when we separated ourselves from nature.
Kris believes most of the answers to life’s greatest questions can be found in nature, so when they are not painting or writing, they’re wandering in the woods or swimming in a lake or the ocean.
Kris is also the author of Sail Skin: Poems (Handtype Press, 2022), and two Lambda Literary Finalist books: I STOLE YOU: Stories from the Fae (Handtype Press, 2017) and MAKARA: a novel (Handtype Press, 2012):