Meet Kirsten

Born with a love of nature, learning, understanding and expression, Kirsten is a self-taught artist creating in photography, painting and mixed media.  A lifelong career training horses, their humans and tending to the land taught her observation, appreciation of essence, communication and stewardship.  These both inform and are often central subjects of her art.  The current environmental policy changes drove her on a deep artistic dive into the beauty of our nation’s public and privately  protected lands, the current threats, and our roles and responsibilities throughout history into today.  She lives and works in wild, wonderful West Virginia.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2019

2019

2019

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2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2017

Picture Wild Ponies, Solo Exhibit, Old Charles Town Library, Charles Town, WV

Reflections, Refractions, Relativities, Solo Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Allegheny Pastel League Exhibit, Gilchrist Museum, Cumberland, MD

Evitt’s Run Park Mosaic Project, Designer, C*Town Public Arts Committee, Charles Town, WV

Eastern West Virginia Juried Arts Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Art at the Mill Fall Juried Exhibit, Millwood, VA

Eastern West Virginia Juried Arts Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Jefferson Arts Council Members Exhibit, Firehouse Gallery, Charles Town, WV

Paint it! Ellicot City Plein Air, Howard County Center for the Arts

Art at the Mill Spring Juried Exhibit, Millwood, VA

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

Eastern West Virginia Juried Arts Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Art for the Animals, Howard’s Art and Frames, Hagerstown, MD

Photo 18 Juried Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

Critters Juried Arts Show, Berkeley Art Works, Martinsburg, WV

AWARDS

 

 

2019

2019

2018

2018

Successfully funded Kickstarter Campaign, “Picture Wild Ponies”

Puffin Foundation Artist Grant

Gasparilla Arts Festival Emerging Artist

Honorable Mention “Eastern West Virginia Juried Arts Exhibit”

PUBLICATONS

 

 

2016

“Midsummer Night’s Dreamcoat,” Altered Couture Artwear Magazine, Summer 2018 Issue, article and art coat

 

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

 

2019

2018-present

2018-present

2016-present

Jefferson Arts Council Board Member

Appalachian Pastel League

Jefferson Arts Council

Berkeley Arts Council

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

2019

2019

2019

2018-2019

2018-2019

2017, 2018

2016-Present

1994

1992

Oil and Cold Wax with Rachel McCampbell, Vienna Arts Society, Vienna, VA

Plein Air with Judith Becker, Berkeley Arts Works

Plein Air with Duane Lutsko, Howard County Center for the Arts

“The Painter’s Business” Artist business course with Mary Gilkerson

“Composition, Color and Light” with Mary Gilkerson

“The Circle,” artist business track and mastermind with Carrie Brummer Hannah

In person and online art courses in various media

BS Biology-Geology, BA Comparative Religion, University of Rochester

Awarded “Take Five” Scholarship for tuition-free year to pursue self-created program including Studio Art, outside of degree paths (BS, BA) University of Rochester