Kristina Joy - BIOGRAPHY

My formal training began in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After graduating I taught art and English in Guadalajara, Mexico. My art supplies were limited there, so I made the most of what was available. I returned to the United States with a new interest in creating serious drawings with the simple medium of color crayons - inspired by teaching elementary students. For about one year I studied under master crayon artist Don Marco to learn drawings techniques and color theory.

I then opened my own studio and gallery space in Superior, Wisconsin. And another year later I moved the studio to Duluth, Minnesota. From there, I opened a gallery space for the many tourists visiting the city, selling originals, prints, and commissions in Canal Park. All the artwork was strictly my own.

The cold winters of Duluth, MN eventually turned my gaze to Arizona. And in 2014 I moved to Phoenix, AZ, and taught art at a private high school. I now no longer teach - art is now my main vocation.

Oil painting has become my medium of choice; my drawing background provided a strong foundation for the paintings to emerge from. I enjoy the wonderful richness and nuances of color that each stroke creates. I’ve greatly appreciated the switch to oils, because this medium has allowed me to really dig deep and mature in my growth as an artist.

I currently show my artwork at Lizzards Gallery in Duluth, MN and Gallery Piquel in New Hope, PA.

When I’m not in my studio, you can find me creating websites, designing logos, doing photography and playing the ukulele.