In the studio

I’m in the studio as much as possible. My current job that makes me money pushes me so much to create art. I feel like a fish out of water there. It’s just awful. Like I said though, the upside ( dry much upside) is that it’s pushing me to get better and better. Now I still have a zillion years to go, well, I’ll never get there (to be as good as I would like to be), but it’s a goal nonetheless. And while you should set SMART goals, I don’t think it can apply to this. I mean, you could get “artists block”, whereby you reach your potential and begin to question why on earth you are doing art at all, that is when you grow. That is the challenge between those who are truly artists and those who just dabble. I don’t dabble. I’ve had artist’s block many times and worked my way through it. You just push through it. Don’t think, just create. Make that boring art that you’ve already mastered and need to find your way through to continue your journey.

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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.