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By my sheer will alone (half joking)

I constantly talk to this little girl who is super creative all the time about how talented she is. How she will grow up to do great things with art (architecture like her mom). I cannot help but tell her that her messiness is due to her creativity and that she does not need to apologize for the tsunami that hit her room. Or that she should never under any circumstances use pure black in any painting. I always give her art tips so that when she grows up, she has a leg up because right now, her parents cannot afford her private art lessons. By my sheer will alone (half joking) she will grow up to be a great artist/architect/engineer/whatever she wants to be. I do not have kids but my God, she will have the best art education of her youth. I sure as hell wish I had that.

Did this last night. Thought about it for a while. So I did it.
Submission as part of an application to university.

By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.