Chrysanthe Kapuranis

Chrysanthe Kapuranis
Taking full advantage of all the National Arts Program® has to offer, artist Chrysanthe Kapuranis has taken part in the University of Arizona’s NAP exhibit, was an NAP Featured Artist and has uploaded her artwork to the NAP online gallery which is just what we hope talented artists like Chrysanthe will do! 
Chrysanthe Kapuranis has a Bachelor’s degree in Design Science and is currently continuing her education at The University of Arizona as a Fine Art’s major in Studio Art. When not painting in her studio, Chrysanthe is employed as a graphic designer for Human Resources at the University.
Her thoughtful paintings draw you in for a closer look at the beautiful way she expresses her view of the animals and nature around her. We reached out to Chrys hoping to learn more about this talented artist and she was more than happy to answer our questions. Here is what she shared.
What first sparked your interest in art?
My first experience with art was in a small village in Greece where I learned embroidery as a young girl in my 20s. There were three sisters who opened up a shop who made beautiful embroidered art onto linens with flowers, birds, and geometric shapes.  I was fascinated by it and learned the craft. I also used to experiment with pastel chalk while in the garden. When it was siesta time, I would sit outside and draw flowers and vegetables. 
What type of art (do you create) have you created recently?
Over the past year, I have been growing organic food in an urban community garden. This sparked artwork about the garden, nature, and being sustainable. I have an actual oil painting of the garden, a sunflower with birds, okra, and a heart. 
I also enjoy the desert landscape, evening walks, and the stars and moonlight. I love photographing the scenery and nature of the desert. These things have inspired me to write and illustrate a children’s book which I am currently working on as I find time.
What is your preferred medium?
I have been working with oil on canvas and wood panel and fell in love with the medium. There is something magical that happens in the process of painting.
Other than the NAP exhibit, what was the last art exhibit you visited or took part in? 
I currently have my paintings on exhibit at the University Medical Center, Behavioral Health Pavilion in the lobby as a solo art show until the last week of October. A few weeks ago I also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and spent most of my time at the Van Gogh exhibit, a favorite.
How does the NAP differ from other art exhibitions you have taken part in and how do you feel about the opportunity to display your artistic talents in your place of work?
The NAP gives people of all ages an opportunity to share their art with the public, co-workers, family and friends. It’s always exciting to see the varied types of art and imagination on exhibit. It is a great opportunity to be able to display artwork at work. It makes the space more personal and it is wonderful to be supported by staff members. People supporting each other make the office more than a place of work but creates a sense of family working together.
Have you received any praise/comments from your co-workers? Did they previously know about your artistic talents?
I have received a lot of support from co-workers especially through their attendance at my very first artist reception. It was a wonderful experience to be supported and talk about the art. It has been a personal discovery for me as well. 
Please tell us a bit more about yourself and your thoughts on art. 
“Each brushstroke is like a single footstep on a path.”
A story emerges before my eyes with all works of art; I learn about myself and find deeper harmony towards the world around me. Art is challenging, but the discipline of the painting process is also spiritual and meditative. Each piece becomes a part of you until the very end when there is clarity; that moment when you know … it is time for the painting to come off the easel and to share a new story with friends. 
View paintings and illustrations by Chrysanthe Kapuranis at:   

The Spirit of the Calico Cow -- reminds myself that nature is sacred and very fragile

Oil on Linen, 60” x 40”