Come on in to enjoy the imaginative art of Kristin Richland and Karen Witt. We booksellers have been raving about their line-up of evocative and whimsical pieces. Kristin Richland adds, "We're pretty pleased with how they look together, almost making a story line from day to night."
A Vermont native, in 1999 Kristin Richland received her BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art. While in Portland, she was represented by Filament Gallery, exhibiting small soft-sculptures and drawings. Since 2006, she has taken part in the annual VT Crafts Council Open Studio tour, various small picture exhibits in Vermont, the 2008 Art Hop in Burlington, and a MECA Painter's show at the June Fitzpatrick gallery in Portland Maine.
"When I paint or draw," she says, "my goal is to create an environment that you want to step into, a quiet moment filled with a sense of expectancy. Yet as most of my environments are either underwater or are obviously not peopled by humans, there is, for myself at least, a bittersweet sense of the unattainable."
Karen Witt is a self-taught artist, who has been drawing her entire life. According to family legend, she was drawing before she could write. "I love stories and I love to experiment with various art media," she says. "I enjoy creating art with colored pencils, acrylics, oils, watercolors, soft pastels, oil pastels, and graphite. I have an active imagination, and I believe that stories are all around us - if we just take the time to look and listen..."
(Image is "Frog in the Forest" by Kristin Richland. Used with permission of the artist.)