Collector’s Choice: Cristina Del Sol



I had a pet raven when I was nine years old. The day he flew away I was heartbroken. In the years to follow I draw him every day, thinking he would come back, believing in the magic of art.
I’m still looking for my raven “Enrico”, which I also used to call “Cuervi”, till today… He was and continues to be one of my muses, nature being the second one.
Creating art is my passion and spirit. For me is like breathing, this incredible urge to paint that you can’t question, you just have to do it, otherwise you die. Painting is my only means of bringing each day about.
Besides my art, my pets and nature feed my soul.


My work is very diverse as I implement a wide array of mediums such as acrylic, acrylic mediums, Venetian plaster, dry pigments, cold wax, charcoal, oil pastels, oil, and collage. Most of my paintings are derived from the intuitive.
Working with heavy textures of different media and paint allows me to scratch, incise, smooth over, cover and uncover. Like an excavation, the evolving work feels like a discovery. The finished work is a layered accumulation of material and marks creating a history of layers akin to the traces of time and weather that the world and our bodies bear, a tracery of life’s cycles.
This is how life talks to us, leaving traces in objects and nature.



My art is not about reproducing what I see around me, rather the memories and feelings I keep with me from observing the world around me. I paint the essence of things, since everything around us is made up of energy and light.
I am not trying to prove anything, just learning every day.

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I grew up in a small city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I received formal art training from the National School of Fine Arts, completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours’ degree.
In Canada I further my art education at “Toronto Art School”, in painting and drawing, and continue till today attending a number of professional development courses to increase my skills and to support my continuing growth as an artist.
I have exhibited in Canada, the U.S and Argentina, with artwork featured in International books, juried art shows and contests. My paintings are in private collections worldwide.

I live in rural Ottawa painting everyday in my third floor studio overlooking the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.

I would like like to give sincere thanks to Cristina delSol for sharing her art works with KIRSTEINFINEART in today’s art feature.




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Collector’s Choice: Gray Artus


imageThe necessity to create is an obvious driving passion immediately visible when seeing Gray Artus’ work for the first time. His paintings and  photographs reveal a deep urgency to express profound feelings and evoke hidden longings.  Each piece, whether a photograph of a North Carolina beach after dusk, or a painted bird at rest in its natural habitat, conveys the mystery of the intangible behind the visible. 

Artus Grey is a largely self-taught artist currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. His ability to capture human emotion through passages of stark contrast and subtle texture overlays carries his pieces from the obvious subject and beyond, into a deeper dream state, where one feels the reality of the vision with an incessant ache.





I lost myself so long ago… I chased plastic dreams I thought would bring happiness. Where did the time go? I lost myself in this world and at times I lost my mind… When I paint I find it again and my thoughts are so clear.
I paint to have freedom… Freedom from this world of falling short of others expectations… Freedom from the anxiety that oppressed me and formed me into a soul that was unrecognizable.

I am a photographer to see… see the beauty in this world. There are days it’s hard to find but I see it… it’s there in a sunrise or maybe in a smile.
I am a photographer to see… see the loneliness in the world. It’s never hard to find… A teardrop falls silently to the earth.
I am an artist because there are no words to express how I feel.
I am an artist created to be free…my soul soars… it’s the way God created me.


I am Gray Artus a painter, photographer and fine artist from Asheville, North Carolina. This is just my self diagnosis but I must have ADD. I jump from photography to painting then to a different painting and back again. Its an endless circle of creativity here!
Art is what I think about when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed at night and all day in between… its my passion!
Artus’ work is currently displayed nationally and internationally in private collections and has been used as album art and on various regional websites. 
You can view his work at at the link at the top of the page.


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