About Kristen

Hello Creative Heart,

I’m Kristen and I’m a multi-passionate artist and creative warrior. I’m an author, designer, painter, painting facilitator and creativity coach that encourages you to be brave, love deeply and shine brightly.

My artwork is full of joyful color, energy and possibility. I am inspired by the natural world and influenced by my feelings in the moment of creation. I am driven to learn, grow, practice and evolve as an artist. I am a lifelong and self motivated explorer of self expression. I create things that make my heart sing and remind me of life’s simple pleasures. My art is joyful and my passion is digging deep to unearth my personal truths.

Would you believe me if I said you too were creative? That you have everything you need inside of you to be the artist of your life. You too can choose to live a life to express and find creative moments in your every day. Let’s start believing we are all worthy of being creative. Let’s be brave and scared and messy. Let’s be connected, expressive and fun. Let’s try new things and experience life to the fullest. Let’s be endlessly curious to tapping into the well of beauty within us. Let’s do it because it is who we are and we don’t need anyone’s approval. Let’s be artists!

Art is an invitation to get to know yourself more fully. Art is a reflection of life. I’m here to inspire and guide you to awaken your creative spirit, release your ego, trust in your magic and transform your life. Life is yours to create!

Wanna be friends? Here’s what you can do next…

  • Follow along on Facebook for updates, live painting videos and local events.
  • Check out Instagram for photos of my latest creative adventure and shop updates.
  • Sign up for my newsletter and get 7 Days to Awakening your Creative Spirit and monthly love letters and resources that inspire art, inspire heart and inspire your spirit.
  • Take a Meditate and Create workshop with me and Janet at Alis Living Lifestyle Boutique.
  • Host a paint party or soul painting workshop for your friends or organization. I’m always scheduling time for painting adventures – Send me an email.
  • Visit my online shop to purchase an original painting, print, artful lifestyle products or jewelry.
  • Collaborate with me on a special project or commission a custom work of art! Email me with your ideas.

 

Manifesto

I will keep following my dreams.
I will be present instead of busy.
I will be a positive light in the world.
I will grow, explore and honor the multi-passionate creative person I am.
I will nourish my soul with meaningful practices such as creative play, meditation, writing and breathing fresh air.
I will nourish my body with clean food and mindful movement.
In my world dark chocolate and pedicures are absolute necessities.
Relaxing in a hammock is always a fabulous idea.
I will embrace adventure and enjoy the journey.
My heart glows when I see you living your truth.
I will share my painting process to inspire you to let go of perfection and allow your creativity to flow without judgement.
I will create artwork that brings joy.
I hope they make your heart smile.
I hope they speak to your soul.
I hope they beautify, delight and uplift your scared spaces.

A Bit About Me

I create digitally, with beads, wire, pencil, paint and pastels on canvas, wood and paper. I want to see my art on fabric, stationary, home decor items and in collectors’ homes. When connected to creative source, time washes away, I find my truth, my peace and I’m free. I often paint nature because I feel loved and nurtured when I’m in the natural world. I am the oldest of three sisters who I wish I lived much closer to. I grew up on Long Island and spent my  formative years exploring NYC as a “city girl”. I’m known to burst into fits of laughter and boogie my way to the center of a dance floor. I love anything created by my children. I volunteer as an art appreciation guide in my kids classrooms. I’ve traveled the United States to enjoy over 50 concerts by the band Phish. I met my husband, Bert, at a Phish concert in NYC in 1995 and again in Maine in 1997. I moved across the country to Arizona in 1998 with Bert and we have lived here ever since. Yoga has helped me to fully love and honor my body. With a large extended family, I grew up feeling loved by so many. It’s given me the courage to seek out love and happiness always. When I’m not creating, I’m spending time with my husband, our two kids and our dogs, Honey Bunny and Mary Bear.

A Little History

After college, I landed a job with a local beading supply company in their graphics department. I went from an assistant designer to running the design department including all aspects of their catalog design & production in less than a year. In 2003, I was offered a graphic design position working from home with Soft Flex Company. I wanted to start a family so the timing couldn’t have been better. I have worked with Soft Flex Company ever since.

Graphic design has been a huge part of my creative journey and I am so fortunate to be able to stay at home with my family and work within an evolving creative company.  I have been working as a graphic designer in the beading industry for well over a decade. In that time, I have been fortunate to learn all about beading and find it be a relaxing creative outlet. I am a self-taught web designer and began designing custom wedding invitation suites in 2009. Most of all, I have been slowly growing my art business, practicing my passion of painting and have  loved every minute of it! My goal is to one day be a self sufficient artist supporting my family from my creative work.

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