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About Me

{ seek and you will find }

I tend to paint ‘in a minor key’—reflecting both brokenness and hope. 

There is always more going on in my work than I consciously intend when I begin. There is always something deeper. If I wait long enough and keep looking, it becomes clearer. I try to respond to my feelings and to the medium I am working with, making what I discover more tangible as what it wants to become starts to appear—striking a balance between what is seen and what is obscured, listening for the song that is trying to be heard, the words that need to be written, or the figure that wants to be revealed.

I like drawing, I like words, I like the way colors play with each other. I like things that are sublime and things that are balanced but not rigid, and the juxtaposition of realism and abstraction, clarity and ambiguity. I love things that are not contrived, and I love being led into mystery and finding out what will come of it.


Chrys Corn Goodman grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and California State University Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) where she studied under Corban LePell and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art, cum laude. Through LePell’s mentorship, her affinity for realism morphed into a love of figurative abstraction and responding to the work as it evolves, regularly incorporating words or lyrics which so often suggest the meaning behind each piece.

She takes inspiration from using differing mediums, listening to songwriters, and contemplating memories and emotional and spiritual truths.

In the past few years, she was introduced to cold wax medium and subsequently to encaustic, which changed the direction of her art to include more embedded found objects and gold leaf. Whether primarily oil, encaustic or acrylic, her mixed media works include a balance of drawing, painting and scraping, combining both representational and abstract elements.

Today she lives and works in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently represented by the Philip DeAngelo Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. She is a member of the International Encaustic Artists, the River Arts District Association and Christos Collective. She has exhibited in California, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana, Washington DC, Massachusetts, India, and Ireland, and her work is in several private collections.


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