Kirsten grew up in a military family, moving and traveling frequently, and turned to art to express herself. Always drawing, coloring and taking photographs, her outlet turned into passion. Her family eventually settled in Northern Virginia when she was a teenager, and it’s where she calls home. Kirsten attended George Mason University which led her into a 15 year career in Marketing, but she never gave up her passion for art. She now paints full time out of her studio in Northern Virginia. Kirsten works primarily with acrylic and gouache on canvas or paper. She’s passionate about color, texture and movement of the paint and often uses her hands as a tool. “It feels like I’ve really poured myself into a painting when I’ve touched the paint and canvas directly.” Kirsten draws inspiration from the many places she’s lived and visited, Hawaii being a huge influence in her work. She can’t paint without music playing, a cup of coffee by her side and her two kids wanting to paint alongside her.