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Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking
Art has been a part of Kristi’s life since she was a little girl growing up in the Chicago area. There were five boys on her father’s side of the family, and they all, including her father, worked professionally in the fine arts. She believes art is part of her DNA.
Kristi went into college thinking she would not pursue a fine arts degree. She had become a little arts fatigued, and wanted to try something new for her career. She took all sorts of classes, including writing and language, but eventually went back to drawing and painting, graduating with a degree in the arts.
She spent most of her adult life in Forest City, Iowa raising a family. Her husband taught at Waldorf University, where she later took a teaching position as well. Kristi earned her Master of Fine Arts while teaching.
It was during her time at Waldorf when she really discovered landscape art. A professor of hers once asked, “How can you make me stop and look?” That question helped her decide to start drawing extremely small and detailed, so you had to look.
Kristi doesn’t pick the most traditionally beautiful spots in Iowa to draw; she likes her vantage to be of simple Iowa countryside. She often parks in a ditch at the entrance of a field, and draws. She uses a view finder to stay lined up and keep the image precise. She likes using mechanical pencils for the sharp points and switches the leads for thicker and thinner strokes.
She’s drawn over one hundred landscapes admits she’s never been much of marketer for her art but only has one goal, for her art to be sold and appreciated.
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