"I believe, a bona fide artist is capable of rendering any initiative."
Kristi was born and grew up in Chicago and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Art has always been a priority, and she owes her zealous interest due to her grandfather, who was a professional commercial artist and had a studio in Chicago. He did work for magazines, books, newspapers, and had his work displayed in The First National Bank of Chicago for many years. Her mother was also an artist and painted for pleasure, so she inherited talent from both sides of the family.
The gray, smoky tints surrounding my subject depict the kind of animal who dwells in misty mountain regions, offsetting the overall feeling of cold, snow, and majestic breathtaking landscapes it lives in.
She had always been interested in art as far back as grade school and art teachers paid special attention to her, encouraging her to develop her natural abilities. Due to her father being a doctor, her father would bring home tons of paper which separated x-ray film, and Kristi would use this paper for her projects.
This scratchboard was a photograph in a calendar that caught my attention because of the shadows that fell on the dog's face, and the hair with the numerous patterns of thickness and length.
As a youngster, she never purchased store bought cards but always created cards for her parent's birthdays and other special holiday occasions, and she was always designing comic books with various animal characters.
"I was able to recognize my weaknesses over time and sought ways to improve them, and solidified my strengths."
She enjoyed putting together life-sized dogs which would take a fairly large amount of paper. Using crayons as the medium, each piece of paper would be colored with the various hues of a dog's coat, and then she would carefully shape each sheet and paste or tape the sheets together, with the end resulting in life-sized dogs.
"I combine several similar icons for a particular theme and merge them into a final scenario, sometimes creating collages, and my work in all categories mentioned have placed in past contests."
Kristi followed an art curriculum through high school, but it was when she attended The American Academy of Art and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts respectively, that she really started to understand her potential and how to express it. Her studies introduced her to the many facets of art such as advertising, illustration, calligraphy, photography, abstract, design, pen and ink, color schemes, and charcoal drawing with live models.
The complimenting colors of tigers intrigue me because they are so bright and intense, and they are a favorite combination I like to experiment with. The tiger's expression suggests boredom or possibly it might be feeling particularly smug.
"I discovered scratchboard is a challenging medium because of the complexity animal fur textures present, and realized that there is very little room for mistakes."
Elephants are a fascinating subject because of the skin which involves density and networking, plus shadows which produce the final effect of being extremely wrinkled and creased. This picture clearly shows the control this magnificent beast has over the two cats who seem totally subservient to the elephant's power, making the elephant definitely intimidating.
A new medium, which she had never heard of, was introduced to her in art school. It was called scratchboard and she had fun learning about it. Her first work took a month to complete, and the subject was an animal with a complex conglomeration of shadows within the fur, which tested her ingenuity in establishing depth.
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