When did you first become interested in art?
I have always loved art since I was a little girl. I have always been a very visual learner so enjoying art has always just made sense for me. I understand the importance of art and the place it maintains in society as a whole.
What style of art do you use most?
I would certainly favor more contemporary and abstract art in my work. Elements of reality with elements of fantasy.
Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?
No, I think I have always enjoyed art that is more on the contemporary and altered side of reality.
What medium do you use?
My favorite medium is a combination of photography and digital art to make something a little bit different than a traditional photograph.
What made you choose that medium?
I love photography and I also love bright colors. I love the bright abstract elements that digital art can bring to a more traditional photograph.
Do your ideas come from life or imagination?
My photographs are captures of the real world but I also like to use my imagination to change elements of photographs. Other times I start with an initial blank digital canvas and just let my imagination take over.
How do you choose your images and colours?
I just work with different colors and see what seems to work for the particular piece I am working on. I am very open minded with color choices. My photography images come from my own photography. I look through what I have and see if any captures my interest.
Do you work in a studio?
I do not have an exciting studio. Most of my work is just done on the kitchen table. I try to keep it simple. The only truly exciting aspect of the work is getting out into nature with a camera and taking the experience in. You just never know what you will see or experience when you venture outside.
Who is your favourite artist?
It would honestly be impossible to name just one favorite artist. I love the work of the Old Masters and one who particularly stands out is Mr Salvador Dali with his melting clocks. However, one must also give credit to the artists of 2017. Some of the work is so incredible that a person can barely put into words from the hyper-realistic paintings to the digital artists who have helped put digital art on the map.
What is your favourite piece of work by yourself?
Crow in the Palm Tree is one of my personal favorite works. Early one morning I was walking around and I noticed a single crow landed in a palm tree. I could not help but think what a cool moment it was to see bird unite with tree.
A bird many are familiar with in a tropical tree. To unique personalities combining in a single moment in time.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
It honestly depends on what I am working on. If it is a photograph initially, there is the time invested in getting the actual shot. It can take several hours for some pieces and others can happen rather quickly. It truly varies.
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
I think I handle criticism well. I know that I am constantly going to be a student and learning and evolving when it comes to my work. When I hit a roadblock, I just need to take a break away from the work and get some down time. Contrary to what some believe, artists work incredibly hard at their craft and need breaks just like other employees or employers.
How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?
I usually know when something feels done to me. Sometimes I come back and make another version of a work but usually I do not tinker too much with work once I personally feel like it is complete.
Have you had exhibits in galleries?
I have not had any work in galleries yet.
Have you any exhibits in galleries planned for the future?
There are no planned exhibits for the future at this time.
What are you currently working on?
I actually took a mini break from art to work on some other life obligations. I plan on getting back into it and try to experiment with some new techniques and approaches to art.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is certainly going to involve art. I love art and feel like the art community is a wonderful place to be involved with. This is particularly true in 2017 with so many new promising artists and mediums of choice.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I have received is to just keep working and that becoming a successful artist takes time. Most do not find overnight success but the ones who continue to work hard and evolve as an artist are usually the ones who become very successful and even world renowned.
What advice would you give new artists?
My advice for new artists is to have confidence in your abilities and your art. It may seem like others do not appreciate your work or even understand it at times. However, do not let this discourage you from continuing to create in your own unique style and vision. Give it time and soon others will see the genius in your work as much as you do.
Have you done any courses to help you?
I took advanced art classes in high school. I loved my experiences in school and getting to do community service art projects for the community.
What do you do to market your work?
I post samples of my work on social network sites like twitter and facebook.
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
Yes, I am on social networking. I currently have a growing blog at kristalindavis.com.
I am also on twitter Follow @kristalin_davis Twitter is where I am currently most active on social networks.
Are you available for work (commissions)?
I do not do commission work but value those who do because they create such beautiful work for their buyers and fans.
Have you got hobbies?
I love to read. I almost always have a book on me in my spare time. I also like to hike and get out into nature as much as possible.
Where are you based?
I move a lot and do not truly have ties to anywhere in particular. It is good because every so many years I can go and explore the beauty of other places. However, I currently reside in the United States.