This June I will be participating for a second year in The Great Cycle Challenge, along 63,000+ riders across the United States, in the fight against children's cancer. This fight is near and dear to my heart as it is currently and in the past has affected people I love of all ages, from infant to teen to adult. 

My fundraising goal is $1,200 and my ride goal is 600 miles. It's going to be a challenge for sure as it is double that of last year’s but I'm confident that again we'll make this goal together. Proceeds will joyfully go to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, who not only researches for the future needs but they also provide families with quality of life services for the needs they have now. 

During June, I will give 30% of my art sales to GCC. If you've been looking for some great art and feel moved to help in this way, it will be much appreciated. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it. To browse all available artwork, visit my Abstract Paintings page. You can also give any amount directly to GCC on my rider page using the button below.

Be sure to follow my ride updates in June on my artist social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. It’ll be an exciting time!

Because we're riding together to KICK CANCER'S BUTT!

—Kristen

 

 
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“Working in white makes people look into it.

White is ethereal. There’s a purity to it, it makes things look elevated in a way. There’s a whole palette of white…” –Jonathan Milne

I started making art at a very young age with just a pencil and literally any scrap of paper I could find. I think my current work, filled with a wide variety of mark making materials, still reflects my love for drawing. Powdered graphite, jumbo graphite sticks, pumice gel, carbon, water soluble wax crayons, and lumber crayons are just some of the materials that I will incorporate into my work.

I think I enjoy combining drawing and painting materials because I have this undeniable fascination with the color white but not just pure white…messy, dirty, and rustic whites. A whole palette of cream, frost, pearl, dust, and milk tones can be found in my work as I layer and explore this wonderful color. Photographs can barely capture the transformation each piece undergoes when it’s moved from my white studio walls to my deep grey wall in the hallway and all nuances come alive.

 
 
 

ARTIST BIO

Kristen is a graphic designer, an award-winning artist, and certified art instructor in San Diego, California. She studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University because it seemed to be the most natural path: she loved art and she loved helping others. Being a part of bringing other's ideas to life and giving students confidence to move their art forward is one of her greatest joys.

Her work and styles vary across multiple mediums: from mixed media abstracts to expressive watercolors to plein air oil/gouache landscapes. She is best known for her abstracts, where she concentrates on adding whites, blues, and drawing materials into her pieces, giving her art a "fresh" and airy feeling.

 

 

ARTIST RESUME

EXPERIENCE

Exhibiting Artist

Art on 30th Resident Studio Artist: Jan 2018 - Current

Ashton Gallery "Going Green" Juried Show: July-August 2018 (Honorable Mention)

Ashton Gallery "Creamsicle" Juried Show: June-July 2018

Nainsook Gallery: Sept - Oct 2017 (Invitation Only)

The Art Stash: May 2017 Art Walk Exhibitor (Invitation Only)

 The Art House: Aug 2004 - May 2006

 

Art Instructor

Art on 30th: Feb 2017 - Present

The Art Stash: Jan 2017 - Mar 2018

TakeLessons.com Instructor: Aug 2016 - May 2017

 Inspire SD Studio: Apr 2014 - Feb 2015

 MilSpouse Meetup.com Group: Mar 2009 - Feb 2010

Paper Source (Chicago, IL & Carlsbad, CA): Mar 2008 - Feb 2010

 Smyrna High School: Aug 2007 - Dec 2007

 The Art House: Aug 2004 - May 2006

 

EDUCATION

M.F.A. in Media Design (coursework)

Full Sail University

Aug 2016 - Jan 2017

 

B.S. in Art Education

Middle Tennessee State University

Aug 2000 - May 2007