Kristine's earliest connection with art began when she was a child. The sidewalks and driveways outside of her home were filled with chalk drawings. She was known to draw on everything that was in her sight, even if she wasn't supposed to. Later in life Kristine graduated with a bachelors degree from SPU majoring in Studio Fine Arts. Since graduating she has exhibited her work across the Pacific NW including Seattle and Bend. Her work has been featured in many publications including The Bend Magazine and Seattle Times. Kristine's works have been purchased for many private art collections across the West Coast. She continues to create work daily in her studio based in the Pacific NW.
My craving to create genuine, raw artwork is insatiable. I don’t make art as a simple wall decoration. My studio practice is rooted in emotion and exploration with a keen interest in how our experiences can be represented with brush strokes and colors that take hold on canvas.
I paint through the lens in which I see the world. Tones and textures come alive on a walk or at a music show. Nature, traveling and daily interactions ignite my imagination. When I pause on a hike I take notice of the details; the pebbles under my feet are earthy colors and organic shapes with natural lines etched in them, the ferns that line the trail hold whimsical outlines. Melodic energy pouring out of speakers lets my mind feel euphoria, I paint more than what is tangible, I paint what I feel.
When I begin painting I enter into a flow state of being. My mind is calmed and I feel as though the practice becomes meditative, unaware of the space around me. I reflect, think about the joys of life, traumas, and the full range of human experience. My artwork is an outlet to shamelessly express every part of my mind. I enjoy pushing boundaries and challenging the way elements pull together with vibrant acrylic paints, charcoals, and varying mixed media.