Brush in hand since a child, Lancashire artist born and bred, Kirsten's earliest inspiration came from her uncle John who was a painter and illustrator himself. She would sit in her uncle's studio watching him and painting along as he worked. He became her inspiration and mentor as she studied art and gained a degree in graphic design pursuing a career in design for 25 years, whilst continuing to paint. Painting is her passion and her purpose and has now been concentrating fully on painting professionally for the past three years whilst putting aside the graphic design.
Specialising in portraits and abstracts an expressionist style, Kirsten works mainly in acrylics and tries to capture, vibrancy, energy, strength, balance and beauty within her work.
Her latest series of portraits “Rise of the Divine Feminine” highlights the rise of the Divine Feminine energy within us all (male and female) at this time of great change, aiming to bring balance to our inner world and thus by extension our outer world and the planet. Her work celebrates strong women, giving women a much needed voice, finding strength within showing the endurance of a life of hardships, finding balance, seeing beauty within all of us and all living things and cultural diversity.
From the beginning when you view Kirsten’s work the strength and energy of vibrant colour only augments the expression of vulnerability. These beautiful studies of women whose strength is suddenly put away in a vulnerable moment reveal what is not said…. but there for all to see.
Kirsten herself strives to speak her authentic truth, find her voice and be heard through her work, her own strength and vulnerability is seen within the paintings as working intuitively, she puts her whole being and channelled energy into each piece, thus hopefully giving the recipient the energy or some aspect of healing they may need allbeit on a subconscious level.
Her abstracts highlight our fragile planet and the natural process of decay and change that occur over time by the forces of nature. They also highlight what can be the destructive force of nature and the state of our planet at the moment due to pollution. No matter what we do Nature and the laws of nature will always prevail and find a way to repair, recover, adapt and thrive. For example shipwrecks creating the perfect haven and habitat for fish and new coral reefs to form, and plant life finding its way into derelict buildings, slowly taking over and taking back its rightful place.
The natural world has always been one of the most celebrated settings onto which many artists project
their beliefs, feelings, and ideas. Art can renew our connection with nature, and can address environmental issues and
topics about conservation, sustainability, preservation, biodiversity, and threatened habitats.