Hello art lovers!
My name is Kristina, and I’m a native New Yorker.
I’ve had a passion for art since I was a toddler. Growing up with a single mother, we lived modestly, to say the least. When times were tough, and money was scarce, I’d always find a way to keep myself busy as long as there was a pencil and paper near by. Art was my escape. I was never a bored child, as I’d find myself lost for hours at a time experimenting with the endless possibilities my mind explored.
At 17 I moved out on my own. I had a humble studio apartment that looked more like an art studio. Between balancing 3 jobs to make ends meet, I’d sit in that room with the music blasting and my paints flowing every chance I got. Art was my time. And boy did it get weird...
I spent years working in dental offices... years after that working in a financial firm. Showing up for a 9-5 in a suit every day. Bored. Unhappy. Dishonest.
A year into my financial career, I met a woman at a seminar who was a creativity coach, and I remember my heart igniting. A creativity coach?! What is that and how do I become one?! It felt like a dream. After some research, and a large personal loan, I enrolled in a creativity coaching program that changed my life. Not only did I learn the tools to help others, it was an ‘AH HA!’ moment for me. I realized I wasn’t being true to my heart crunching numbers and schmoozing with suits. And that’s when I left. Just like that.
Fast forward to now... I am pursuing my dream. Being an artist isn’t easy. In fact it’s extremely challenging at times, but it feels so right... it just makes sense.
I have no intention of portraying myself as something I’m not. There are millions of amazing artists in the world! I know I’ll never be rich and famous, but doing something you love and are passionate about is a game changer. Every piece of art I make is a part of my journey and evolution. Every piece is filled with heart.
The support I have gotten from my friends and family and clients is the most incredible feeling. Having people love and purchase my art just solidifies that I’ve made the right choice.
So, look out for me world! I have a lot of passion, and I’m coming in hot!
You can follow my creative journey at @kristinadarlingart
And if you love it, and buy it... just know that you are a part of my dream (And I’m at home in my studio dancing and praising the art Gods for allowing me to live it)
Your girl Kristina.