Kristen Stein

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Artist Background:
Kristen Stein is a Contemporary Artist living in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania. Kristen's works are currently available on a variety of online venues, or through her websites StudioArtworks.com and KristensCreations.com. Kristen's paintings are in public and private collections within Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Japan, the United Kingdom, and throughout the continental United States. Her art was featured in a special 2002 calendar in tribute to September 11th. Her cubist work appeared in promotional logos for the Ferndale Fine Art Show and appeared on the cover of the Allied Social Science Association's annual meetings. Her whimsical art appeared on the cover of the Bulldog Club of Greater Seattle's 2002 Specialty Show. Her painting "The Birth of Venus 2002" won first place in a themed contest held by the emerging artists group "ESR@". Her painting "The Jazz Club" appeared on the American Economic Associations Annual Meetings in January 2008. Kristen is the author/illustrator of the "The Vegetarian Lion" and the author of "Kristen Stein Contemporary Paintings". She is also the illustrator of "Stacey McDuver's House". Kristen's work will appear at the Straube Art Center during the Winter Fine Art Show in January - February 2009.

Artist Statement:
As an artist, I am influenced by nearly everything that I read, see and hear. I paint from everyday experiences, images, conversations, etc. Even the most mundane can be converted into a beautiful painting with the swirl of a brush. Some of my works start with detailed sketches while others are created from a blank canvas layer by layer until the final painting is achieved. I like to work in a wide range of styles and materials as this allows me to keep my art fresh and new. My minimalist landscape paintings, for example, allow me to experiment with color and texture while capturing the beauty of a wide open meadow, field, ocean, etc. Many of these pieces are influenced by time spent in Colorado, California and Spain. My enchanted garden series allows me to capture a world of my imagination where birds, snakes, plants, flowers, trees, butterflies, etc. can be expressed in a wild whimsical way. They are bold, bright and wonderfully fun to create. My whimsical pet portraits allow me to capture our furry friends at their best. Some of the paintings depict the fun in the simplest of behavior ... the dog or cat nap! Others depict how I believe our pets would like to act when their owners are not around. This is how the "When we are away, the dog will play" series came about. I also greatly enjoy dog agility and have captured many of the great obstacles on canvas. My art-deco cubist paintings are my story-telling paintings. This style allows me to capture a certain sentiment or tell a story in the painting. The cubist aspects are influenced by the works of Picasso and Gris while the art deco aspects are influenced by the advertising, design and travel posters of the 1930s. Paintings influenced by September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the deaths of my grandmothers are among the works in the art deco cubist collection.

Kristen Stein, Philadelphia Contemporary Artist
Website:  http://www.StudioArtworks.com
On etsy: http://kristensteinfineart.etsy.com
blog: http://kristensteinfineart.blogspot.com

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