Connecticut based artist, Kristen Elizabeth (b.1986) formally educated in Industrial Design, has been developing her unique artistic voice over the past several years. Having grown up on the coast, she is heavily influenced by the sea and the dynamic tension between power and balance that can be observed around us. Her work seeks to draw viewers in through bold movement and a counterbalance of intricate mark-making. Her use of a wide variety of materials such as acrylic, graphite, pastel, and more creates a visual statement that can be experienced on multiple levels. In addition to her art, she has been involved in many creative projects including painting a 50-foot tall likeness of Lebron James in Harlem's famed Rucker Park, as well as developed a new logo and fashion illustrations for New York's influential FABB charity event. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Create! Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
My art is an expression of the world I see around me. I've drawn inspiration from life experiences, people and the visually intriguing. A large influence in my life has been my Grandfather. Exposure to his work as a professional fashion illustrator for Lord & Taylor has helped shape how I view the beauty and sophistication of that world and the one I live in. In my latest work, I’ve been inspired by the sea and the juxtaposition of structure. When you view these pieces I want you to be transported into the movement of the brushstrokes, dipping, and diving throughout the canvas all while passing the tiny little details sprinkled along the way. As my Grandfather has now come to say - “It’s a feast for the eyes.” When I first started this series - I was working on paper and as of my most recent: I’ve jumped to 48” x 90” canvas and boy is it a game-changer. Using your whole body to move with the brush and experience the ride is a departure I’m truly grateful for.
I strive to grow and experiment daily and go where the wind blows me. I feel the wide range of focus in my work shows that. I hope you'll check back and journey with me as I continue to evolve as an artist.