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“Working in white makes people look into it.

White is ethereal. There’s a purity to it, it makes things look elevated in a way. There’s a whole palette of white…” –Jonathan Milne

I started making art at a very young age with just a pencil and literally any scrap of paper I could find. I think my current work, filled with a wide variety of mark making materials, still reflects my love for drawing. Powdered graphite, jumbo graphite sticks, pumice gel, carbon, water soluble wax crayons, and lumber crayons are just some of the materials that I will incorporate into my work.

I enjoy combining drawing and painting materials because I have this undeniable fascination with the color white but not just pure white…messy, dirty, and rustic whites. A whole palette of cream, frost, pearl, dust, and milk tones can be found in my work as I layer and explore this wonderful color.



Kristen is an award-winning abstract expressionism artist and certified art instructor in San Diego, California. She studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University because it seemed to be the most natural path: she loved art and she loved helping others. Currently, Kristen works out of her studio at Art on 30th, located in the North Park’s vibrant arts and culture district, and teaches abstract painting classes at their school. She is best known for using various white and cream hues and incorporating a wide variety of drawing materials in her abstract work, giving it a “fresh,” expressive, and gestural feeling.

Her work has been featured on the homepage of online galleries Saatchi, Artfinder, and Zatista. She has been juried into local San Diego shows, prestigious regional exhibits at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, and national shows in Washington DC, San Diego, CA, and Port Angeles, WA.





Exhibiting Artist & Awards

Art on 30th Resident Studio Artist: Jan 2018 - Current

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center “The Power of Small Things” National Show: Aug-Sep 2019

Ashton Gallery “75 & Sunny” Juried Show: Jul-Aug 2019 (1st Place)

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library “28th Annual Juried Exhibition”: Jul-Aug 2019

Ashton Gallery “Double Trouble” Juried Show: Jun-Jul 2019 (Juror’s Choice)

Ashton Gallery "Going Green" Juried Show: Jul-Aug 2018 (Honorable Mention)

Ashton Gallery "Creamsicle" Juried Show: Jun-Jul 2018

Nainsook Gallery invitation only show: Sep - Oct 2017

The Art Stash invitation only art festival exhibitor: May 2017

 The Art House: Aug 2004 - May 2006


Art Instructor

Art on 30th: Feb 2017 - Present
(Art 101, Color 101, Introduction to Abstracts, Paint 6-in-6, Modern Calligraphy)

The Art Stash: Jan 2017 - Mar 2018
(Beginning Watercolor, Beginning Acrylics, Texture Toolbox, Color Clinic, 4-Day Plein Air Retreat, Modern Calligraphy)

TakeLessons.com Instructor: Aug 2016 - May 2017
(Drawing, Watercolor, Oils, Acrylics, Calligraphy)

 Inspire SD Studio: Apr 2014 - Feb 2015

 MilSpouse Meetup.com Group: Mar 2009 - Feb 2010

Paper Source (Chicago, IL & Carlsbad, CA): Mar 2008 - Feb 2010
(Bookbinding Workshops)

 Smyrna High School: Aug 2007 - Dec 2007

 The Art House: Aug 2004 - May 2006
(Drawing, Acrylics, Oils)



M.F.A. in Media Design (coursework)
Full Sail University
Aug 2016 - Jan 2017 

B.S. in Art Education
Middle Tennessee State University
Aug 2000 - May 2007