‘ – ‘ by Kristina Carroll
Artist: Kristina Carroll
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 16″ x 9″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“Years ago I did the drawing for ‘Awaken’ in my sketchbook and have been thinking about turning it into a painting ever since but, like many personal pieces, it kept getting put on the backburner until the right moment. So I was thrilled when the invitation to join the “Otherworldly and Wild” show gave me the perfect opportunity to finally explore the next version of this piece.
Dryads and nature spirits have always been a subject of fascination for me and are a theme I often return to. I think of these spirits as the personification of my muse in many ways and usually when I get drawn to this theme, it means I’m headed towards a bit of a metamorphosis in my work. This painting led me down a lot of fun little rabbit holes with color with lots of glazes and layers that I usually don’t have the time to explore but were really rewarding on this piece because it just glows like stained glass when the light hits it just right. It was also an opportunity for myself to allow more of the freehand drawing from my original sketch to show through as well which is something I’ve been enjoying incorporating more in my work. There’s a level of trust in my own drawing that has strengthened from working on this piece and I can’t wait to see how it manifests in future work.” – Kristina Carroll
About the Artist:
Kristina Carroll is an award winning illustrator and fine artist who has exhibited in galleries around the world.. She specializes in art with a Fantastic, Surrealist and Symbolist aesthetic and utilizes a variety of traditional mediums from oil to drawing to collage. Experimentation and play are a big part of her process and she loves finding new ways to mix them up to create something unique
Kristina has discovered a second love in education and has taught a variety of art and illustration courses at several universities. In addition to teaching traditional classes, she works with Strathmore Artist Papers and Gamblin Oil Paints running workshops in colleges all around the East Coast.
Kristina is also the force behind the popular Month of Love and Month of Fear art challenges that ran for 10 successful years. These challenges attracted some of the top artists in the industry and allowed them to push their art to new heights with inspiring themes and community support.