Kristina Joy

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. Returning to the States with a new interest in color crayon art, I studied under crayon artist Don Marco. A year later, I opened my own studio and gallery space in Superior, Wisconsin, later moving it to Duluth, Minnesota. From there I enjoyed creating crayon pieces for the many tourists visiting the city, selling originals, prints, and commissions. In 2014 I moved to Phoenix, AZ, later teaching art at a private high school.

Art is now my full vocation. I no longer work with crayon, but have transitioned to oil paint as my medium of choice because of the wonderful richness and nuances of color that each stroke creates. Oil has allowed me to really dig deep and mature in my growth as an artist. My work is available at Lizzards Gallery in Duluth, MN and Gallery Piquel in New Hope, PA.

When I am not in my studio, you can find me biking, taking photographs, paddle boarding, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying local restaurants.