Cris Fulton


Nightfall Near Black Butte  Bowman County Cloudscape
Sunset South of Bowman  

"Prairie Pastels"

Cris Fulton grew up in Bowman, North Dakota, and from an early age she enjoyed drawing and taking photographs. She received a B.A. in Art from the University of North Dakota in 1973. After graduation from college, Cris spent a year as a VISTA volunteer at Pierre Indian School in South Dakota. Then she taught basic skills and art in Slope County, North Dakota. Following that, Cris lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Taos, New Mexico, where she pursued a career in fine art. Starting with pencil drawing of cowboys and Indians, she went on to pastel drawings of Indian powwow dancers, Aztec dancers, and mythological figures. She moved back to Bowman in 1993, and began to photograph and draw the prairie country of southwestern North Dakota.

Her work has been shown in numerous galleries, and has been published by Pomegranate, Taos Magazine, the Dickinson Press, NMN, Inc., Bowman County Pioneer, and North Dakota Horizons. She took photographs for the Bowman County centennial calendar and book in 2007. One of her landscape drawings is part of the "Arts Dakota" juried touring exhibition, which will continue through March, 2010, at various galleries throughout the state. Her "Equus" series of drawings was on display at the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven from April to June, 2009. The images for "Prairie Pastels" were made with both soft pastels and pastel pencils on Stonehenge paper.