I paint expressive, impressionist landscapes in a wide range of sizes in oil. Through the visual language of my brushstrokes, I strive to capture beautiful light and the abstract patterns and shapes of nature. When viewers look at my paintings I want them to feel that they are looking at something that is exceptionally well done, beautiful and makes them feel good. I put the love and emotions I feel toward the subject into my paintings and guide the viewer through the canvas with light.
“Each painting begins with inspiration followed by an intent for what I want to express with paint. Sometimes the intent is simply to capture the essence of the subject. Other paintings I allow to evolve, like a journey as I work. During the finishing process, I focus on my initial inspiration as this is the heart of the painting and often the focus of light. My goal is to create an impressionistic work of art that emotionally connects the viewer directly to nature, rather than an exacting portrait of the subject. When painting, I use all of my senses, my memories and years of keen observation. I'm fascinated by nature's light, color, textures, rhythm and patterns. I want to share my unique artistic vision with my viewers. This journey is the magic of my art.”
Internationally recognized, Kristen's artwork appears in both private
and corporate collections including the White House Collection.
Born, December 12, 1967, Washington, D.C.
BA, University of Maryland, College Park
Art Student’s League, N.Y.C.
California Art Institute, Calabasas
Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, painting
Numerous artist's workshops including study with Daniel Greene, Neil Boyle, Ned Mueller, Donald Putnam, Tom Hill, Marilyn Simandle, Ted Goerschner, Michael Albrechtsen and Rose Frantzen
California Arts Club
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
Penninsula Outdoor Painters
Association of Hawaii Artists
Top 15% Boldbrush Fine Art national competition, October 2012
Top 15% Boldbrush Fine Art national competition, August, 2012
2011 First Place, Association of Hawaii Artists Honolulu Hale Show
2011 First Place Painting Award, Windward Artists Guild
2011, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Show
2010, Honorable Mention, Association of Hawaii Artists Honolulu Hale Show