My name is Kristin, and I absolutely LOVE my job as a professional artist. I know I’m crazy lucky that I get to do what I love and I thank the Lord every day that He has given me this awesome opportunity. I’m a lifelong lover and practicer of art. (Truly lifelong… my mom still has drawings I did when I was 2! Thankfully I’ve improved some since then.) I’m detail-obsessive and quite a perfectionist. I love all kinds of art, but especially “old-school” pencil on paper, with some paint or pastel thrown in there too.
I have to say though, as much as I love to draw, my favorite part of my job is working with you. You really are my inspiration! I’m not one of those artists who sits in my studio and paints whatever I feel like and then tries to convince people to buy what I make. The real inspiration for my art is taking your creativity, your photos and adorable kids, your ideas and bringing them to life. I believe that together we can make the best art! Something that will be one of a kind. A family heirloom that you can be proud to hang on your wall. One that is not just my vision and my style, but a keepsake that you can treasure because it was born from your vision. I just happen to be the hands that brought it to life.
If you’d like to see some of the things I’ve created with other clients, check out my Gallery.
What you can expect…
My products are all carefully crafted and hand-drawn with lots of time and attention. I occasionally get the question, “How do you get them to look like a drawing?” I always thought it was a puzzling question, but I’d like to clear it up because I guess in today’s digital world it isn’t always the case. It looks like a drawing because it is! I drew it. Old-school. Pencil on paper. By hand. On archival quality paper and shipped in archival quality packaging.
I’ll be updating the blog with projects I’m working on, interior design ideas (because I still love to use my Architecture degree) and fun things I think you might like from around the web and from my travels.
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If you’d like to know even more about me, keep on readin’.
I’m a 27 year-old South Carolinian, born and raised Southern girl. I’m totally scatterbrained, detail obsessive, and my clothes rarely “match” (according to my sisters). I love hats of all shapes and colors. I have a rather absurd number of them as my husband says. I love the color orange. Which is a good thing since it’s the color of my alma mater, Clemson University. (Go Tigers!)
I started Studio Z in 2006 fresh out of college but I’ve been drawing since I was big enough to hold a pencil. I painted my first “professional” work of art, a wall mural, when I was in high school. I continued to paint murals all through college while working on a BA in Architecture. I had a few lined up by the time I graduated so I just never got around to getting a “real” job. My wonderful husband was and is exceptionally supportive in letting me learn and make mistakes and build this business I love so much. I’ve been offering hand-drawn portraits, as well as murals, since 2007 and really they are my favorite things to work on (most days, unless I happen to be painting a mural, then that’s the favorite.).
In 2010, we made a big life change, packed up our world and moved it to the Far East. China, that is. We’re loving this grand adventure and I’m loving the chance to take a step back and reinvigorate the Studio Z website with a new design and some new things I hope you’ll love. We’re chronicling our adventures on our expat blog at www.CountryFriedEggRoll.com if you’re interested in seeing what our life in China is like. It’s a crazy adventure I can tell you!
Still have questions? Send me an email! I’d love to hear from you.