As with many artists, Kristin Blanck’s journey to becoming an artist was anything but linear. While always connected to the arts and the creative process, be it studying art history, during a 25 year career as an award-winning fashion designer, or operating her own art gallery, she knew her true passion was in painting. Ultimately, the desire to create art was too strong and it became obvious it was time to embark on a new path as a full time artist.
Blanck prefers to work on intimately sized still lifes that draw the viewer close. “When you’re close to a work and can see the brush strokes, edges, and delicate nuances, I believe it forges a personal connection with the painting as well as the artist.” The single object still life composition with a focus on food and flowers is her primary direction. “I find a minimal composition creates drama and a boldness while the subject of food or flowers establishes an interesting counterpoint of sensual lushness.”
Her love of the great Dutch artists, both historic and contemporary, provides constant inspiration. Following in their footsteps by embracing common still life subjects, she finds there is often an immediate connection of the familiar with the viewer. “There is no greater compliment than when a painting elicits an emotional response. Quite simply, art should stir the senses.”
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