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!"