Born with a love of nature, learning, understanding and expression, Kirsten comes to art with an unconventional, self-directed background. Kirsten creates in photography, painting and mixed media. Her explorations are linked by the search for “the soul of a space, the space of a soul” as opposed to stylistic homogeny. That “soul” may best shine through photographs shot through a lens of ice, bold color tossed by exuberant brushstrokes, or spontaneous wordplay.
A lifelong career training horses, their humans and tending to the land taught Kirsten observation, appreciation of essence, communication and stewardship. These both inform and are often central subjects of her art. Her academic background in Biology and Geology provide a solid foundation for understanding the natural world as it is-and how it could be.
The nation’s current environmental policy changes combined with the threats of local heavy industry development drove her on a deep artistic dive into the beauty of our lands, the current threats, and our roles and responsibilities throughout history into today. Her deepest artistic goal is to educate, inspire and evoke change, while expressing the unexpected wonder of the world.
Kirsten’s work is often seen in locally and nationally juried exhibitions, and in group and solo shows. Her two 177″x36″ mosaic designs sparkle on local park bridges as anchors of a community arts installation. Her successfully funded Kickstarter Campaign, Picture Wild Ponies, looks at wild horse management on public lands by focusing an artistic lens at the Assateague and Chincoteague pony herds. She was awarded a Puffin Foundation artist’s grant in 2019, and Professional Development Grant from West Virginia Department of Art, Culture and History, the West Virginia commission on the arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in 2020.
Kirsten is a member in good standing of the Appalachian Pastel League and the Berkeley Arts Council, and is a board member of the Jefferson Arts Council.