"If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney’s words may very well set the stage of Kristine Andrea’s life. Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Kristine first put pencil to paper at age 9, bringing art to life on the page. Though she enjoyed the success that winning art competitions brought, Kristine’s motivation came from the pure fascination of bringing images to life through paint or pencil.
"My high school teacher was one of my biggest fans and did his best to mentor me towards becoming a professional artist and to continue on to University. He kept most of my work when I graduated, to share with students (actually I think he kept all of it). I remember selling my first art piece to my high school Home Economics teacher. It was called Chocolate Milk: a color pencil drawing. A silhouette of a Holstein cow stood against a background of their black & white cow markings, however the white was chocolate brown. I remember her telling me she loved my work and that she knew one day my art would be world known."
Kristine didn’t go on to study art in University. During high school, she managed a flower shop and fell in love with the elegance of creating exquisite and beautiful floral arrangements. Once again she breathed inspiration into life. She continued to manage the flower shop after high school, with the intention of saving enough money to continue on to University and the pursuit of art studies.
Over time, and through the cultivation of relationships in her small town, Kristine moved on to decorating homes, then developing and managing hotels. Her sense of graceful and simple design continued to flow into her work, as did her entrepreneurial gifts and meticulous attention to detail. Kristine’s years of experience led her to the truly stunning Azuridge Estate Hotel in Priddis, south of Calgary, Alberta: the perfect canvas for Kristine’s abundant creativity, and the spark to reignite her passion for art.
"During my career at Azuridge, I began bringing in various local artists to showcase their work at the hotel. I felt envious of the ones who pursued their art careers full-time however that envy inspired me to join an art class. I remember the first piece I painted: a wild yellow orchid. Although there had been times over the years where I had painted or drawn, it was the first time I said to myself, I need to fulfill this desire. This childhood dream."
Art is the quintessential response to Walt Disney’s statement, bringing thought into form, dream into life. Let Kristine Andrea’s dream inspire and inform your life.
Kristine is thrilled to share her passion with you and the world! She's fascinated with people's creativity and the various arts; from culinary artisans to painters... "Life without Art would be dull!"
She truly enjoys painting and creating for people's individual spaces, to set a mood and bring togetherness.
"My mission is to create art pieces with intention... emotional connectedness... and to enhance a space."
My imagination is my playground. I am always dreaming up new inspiration for the canvas. From playful Chicks and Cocks to bold abstracts and majestic horses; my imagination knows no bounds. I don’t think I’ll ever stop exploring life on the canvas.
I'm drawn to the movement and emotion from animals and floral, but I also practice abstract, portraits, and figurative. When possible, I prefer to move the paint through my fingers rather than my brush. I love creating timeless, evocative, art pieces.
Before I paint, I slip into a kind of meditative state. During this process, sometimes my mind dives into a fantasy world: creating and drawing ideas. Although a meditation practice is suppose to “quiet” the mind, I allow mine to wonder because this is where some of my greatest ideas evolve.
Often it feels like I’m receiving silent whispers from spiritual guides who want to explore the canvas with me and guide me through an emotional expression.
Moreover, Mother Earth, she’s incredibly powerful and inspiring. When I’m reaching for inspiration, I’ll take a walk or dig my hands in the garden. I love watching her beauty evolve through the seasons and witnessing the collaboration with her friends. Again, if you are aware and present with her she’s always offering you grace and messages.
This series of adorable animals began when I painted Crazy Agnes, a chicken, for my kitchen. She was so much fun to paint that I decided to create a series of animals that will add humour, color and character to any space. If you have a favourite animal or pet you would like painted, I would be honoured to capture their character for your home or business space.
Interestingly, horse was the one animal I didn't think I would paint. My family, however, loves horses and so I decided to explore their form on canvas. I fell in love with the movement and emotions of the horse and I continue to add their energy to the collection. It's no wonder this animal is considered one of the most majestic, strong and beautiful.
I adore flowers: their grace, beauty and intoxicating fragrance. I paint them with both Acrylic and Oils, depending on the feel and emotion of the flower. I love how easily they enhance a space, whether in a painting or a fresh bouquet. Every home should have some kind of floral within it.
Most recently, I have been exploring fruit on canvas and paper. I enjoy giving painting them with a simplistic clean approach allow the piece of fruit to POP off the canvas!
Abstract has always been a mystery to me... I'm curious what people are drawn too.
The colors... movement? The story behind the painting? Why is Abstract so attractive?
It's interesting because it took me awhile to get the nerve to begin painting this freely. When I began my first piece I couldn't help but paint with my fingers. I felt more connected to the canvas, I could feel the movement of the colours and blending. And now all these pieces I've painted are with my hands (with gloves of course ha-ha!).
Simplistic & beauty best describes this collection of black & white watercolour drawings. Again my intention for this collection was to create a couple pieces for my home and doing so I began creating various pieces art sales at the Leighton Art Show. Please feel free to contact me for custom pieces you may like for gifts this holidays season.
Calgary, AB T2S1M5, CA