Studio stuff

Never do I think about what I’m doing when making art, I try to keep it as spontaneous as possible. It’s not to say that I throw all my education out the window, but I have moved on from a lot of the formal teaching that I received. I’ve come to learn my own style. In saying that. I rarely plan anything out, but sometimes I create sketches. Like I did this one time…

That’s it. The only time I tried pre-planning.

It’s definitely not wrong to sketch things out. In fact, one of my favourite artists, Franz Kline, did so for nearly all, of not all of his paintings. And he was an abstract, gestural artist. I don’t take pride in my spontaneous method, it’s just how I work.

Work in progress

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.