Inspired by her love of the natural world, Kristina’s colourful and detailed acrylic landscapes capture unique moments in time, and celebrate the forests, gardens, hiking trails, shorelines and the ever changing seasons of rural Ontario.
“Sunlight caressing a farmer’s field, a rock welcoming waves, a solitary tree guarding a valley, all of these images reflect our own stories. I look for light, how it illuminates the ordinary and transforms it into the extraordinary; and endeavour to share that excitement and beauty in my paintings.”
Born in Paris, Ontario, Kristina is a proud first generation Canadian with Lithuanian roots. She attended University of Toronto and University of Waterloo to acquire a BA in sociology, married and was promptly whisked away to rural Bruce County, to an agricultural life, where she and Jim raised three boys and farmed beef cattle. Illustrating seven books cartoon style drew her into the art world in the 80s, after which she returned to school, to the University of Waterloo for a year of fine art instruction, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Western University. A successful teaching career followed as the “Art Teacher” for over twenty years for the Bluewater Board, working with youth and encouraging their creativity. Now retired from that job, she is painting and drawing.
Kristina is a Gallery Artist at the Southampton Arts Centre where you can view some of her work. She has had six Solo shows, has participated in numerous Juried and Group shows, winning awards and recognition for her work, and her imagery has frequently been selected for the Bruce Trail Conservancy Calendar and Paint Ontario. She will also be offering work at The Mill Pond Gallery in Cargill from mid November to December 24th.