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Winifred Kelsey Riser

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Winifred Riser, who also goes by Winnie, is a Houston-based painter and educator whose work explores local ecology and its uncelebrated role in place-making. Her deeply layered paintings combine diluted inks and watery acrylic mediums in an attempt to reproduce the interplay of time and human influence on the natural world at our doorsteps.  Her drawings further celebrate the mystery and beauty found in the spaces between chaos and control.


An art history major at Princeton, Winifred began taking classes at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2008.  She is currently a member of the XXII class of Glassell’s respected Block program. Her work has been displayed throughout Houston and she has received a merit award from Glassell.  She is also the author and illustrator of Max Moves to Moscow, 2002. 


She lives with her husband and three active boys.


Poet Mary Oliver inspires her to work with her “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  

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