I've been painting and teaching around the world for over 20 years. I enjoy meeting fellow artists and art lovers and sharing everything I know about painting.

I mostly paint in oils and am known best for my seascapes. I also paint and teach in water mixable oils, gouache, watercolor and even occasionally in pastel.

I will be demonstrating in water mixable oils for this class.

This class is open to artists of all levels including complete beginners.

A little bit about me...

Ever inspired by nature, I love painting on location at home and abroad as well as creating large-scale, detailed studio paintings with multiple layers of paint.

My artwork is a contemporary blend of realism and impressionism, the majority of my work is coastal landscapes, marine life paintings and garden paintings. Having recently returned from living in New Zealand for almost 3 years, I’m a multi-award winning artist, recently featured in Plein Air Magazine and The New Zealand Artist Magazine. I was the lead plein air artist alongside Robert Bateman at the world famous SKB Foundation. I have 8 years of experience with a wide variety of art materials as I am an Artist Ambassador for both Royal Talens and The Silver Brush Co.

I endeavor to paint each work of art in a completely unique way from start to finish. When viewed at a close distance, the colors and texture are beautiful and interesting in their own abstract way, when viewed from a further distance, the shapes, colors and brushstrokes magically come together to reveal the painting's subject.

My artwork hangs in luxury and corporate collections worldwide including a painting in the White House Collection, (Barack and Michelle Obama), as the collection of The New Zealand Parliament with The Honourable Simon Bridges. Our research shows that I am the only person in the world to have a painting in both the White House and The New Zealand Parliament.

"I have taken a number of workshops, mentoring sessions and online classes and Kristen is hands-down my favorite instructor. She is not only an extremely talented artist, but an effective teacher. It is truly a gift to be able to provide valuable and meaningful advice and guidance in a positive and inspirational way. Kristen is so encouraging and can explain difficult concepts clearly and put them in the context of your individual skills as an artist. I highly recommend Kristen’s online classes and if you have the opportunity to work with her in person, don’t miss it!"


Preview the materials lists for each medium as well as a map of our meeting location

I look forward to helping you with your plein air paintings!


Plein Air Painting, Live In Person Class

Paint en plein air at Little Corona Del Mar Beach

This is a 1 day painting class, "en plein air", at Little Corona Del Mar Beach.

Class is on May 5th from 10am-4:30pm (plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for parking and walking to the painting location.

This class includes the in person class on the 5th + some jpegs of the location to practice with and some notes to read about painting. The notes and jpegs are available immediately and are accessible through May 30th, 2021.


Not too long ago I moved from NH to CA. Took 6 months to get my house organized and bingo we were under “house arrest" for the virus and I hadn’t painted in almost a year and lost my creativity. I looked on "‘Bold Brush” and found a class listed as “paint the California desert” I liked the painting that advertised the class and when I spoke to Kristen I knew it was a go. I’m a moderately experienced painter and loved watching Kristen demonstrate and talk about what she was doing. I understood what she was saying and learned about round brushes and how to use them. I love to watch Kristen's brush work. It makes me want to paint. Not only that, she has a sense of humor, is refreshing easy to talk to, and loves to teach.


Kristen is not only a fabulous painter, but a very a highly skilled instructor. I have taken several watercolor courses from her and always am blown away by how much I didn’t know!! Her instruction has really impacted my work. She answers questions well and is very motivated to help students at all levels of experience. I appreciate her kindness and vast level of knowledge. Highly recommended! 


Plein air at Divers Cove, Laguna Beach

Heisler Park remains one of my favorite places to paint in the world, the colors and textures along the coastline are world class and beloved by artists.

Plein air painting at Mangawhai Heads Beach

I enjoy the interesting shapes and colors of sea rocks. These lovely rocks were painted in Northland, New Zealand at one of my favorite beaches.

My painting of Ranui at The Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

I enjoy being around boats and painting them on location. This is a lovely historical sailing yacht once owned by the Queen Of Tonga.