Coming to the paint
Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at a Maryland public high school. In college, I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays.
After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things.
Years spent living up and down the mid-Atlantic coast (Baltimore, MD; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Brooklyn + New York, NY; Washington, DC; Durham, NC) had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Seeing music, hearing words, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and then: paint.
Since 2000, I’ve worked almost exclusively on hand-stretched canvas, in turns building large, sometimes multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From my studio in Portland, OR, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private clients to place my paintings nationwide.
I would like to give special thanks to Thérèse Murdza for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.
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