About Kristen

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Hi, I’m Kristen!

A color dripping, nature loving wife, mama and artist that encourages you to be brave, love deeply and shine brightly!

My artwork is colorful. 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. Exploring creativity through design, art and handmade creations has brought much joy and purpose into my life. I create things that make my heart sing and remind me of life’s simple pleasures such as playing under a willow, catching fireflies or taking a stroll in the forest. My art is joyful and my hope is that YOU, the viewer, feel that joy! I am grateful to all who stop by and join me on my journey.

Want to get in touch? Send me an email!

Dreamer

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’m an artist, a graphic designer, a jewelry maker and a teacher.

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 dog, Honey.

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.