Kristinart Personality Portraits By Kristin Lorson

Kristinart Personality Portraits By Kristin Lorson

Artist Kristin Kovach Lorson’s comic illustrations have appeared in local newspapers each week for over 23 consecutive years, the past 20 as a Sunday staple in the Living section of The Daily Record. Far beyond her cartoon work, Kristin is an accomplished commissioned artist and designer working in an array of media. From designing and creating the vehicle wrap for the Wayne County Bookmobile, to creating corporate logos and trade show booths, to custom greeting cards and historical murals, Kristin’s art can be found in business places and public spaces all over Ohio. Her Personality Portraits—vignette collages of the life and times of her subjects—hang on walls across the U.S. and on five separate continents. She just recently illustrated her first children’s book, by author, Jessie Pachan, titled, ‘Why do mommy and daddy work?”. Which retails on She began teaching acrylic classes a little over three years ago and absolutely loves sharing her love for painting with others. She conducts a painting class at Heartland Point one Thursday evening a month and an occasional kids art class, too.

Her most recent accomplishment is the art she created for the exterior of the Buckeye Agricultural Museum in Wooster, Ohio. This project took her many weeks of researching Ohio farming history and how agriculture evolved over time. This research requires a lot of reading and gathering of photos and information to establish a timeline, before she began to pull together a ‘theme’ for the paintings. “I kept coming back to the beautiful vintage advertisements of long ago. The sepia/hand-painted postcards, to the black and white ads of the 30s. I just loved how much detail went into creating an ad for a farm tool.” Kristin added, regarding her inspiration for the three larger panels that are now hanging on the front of the museum. “I wanted the art to illustrate the changing times with color and style as they did back then.”

A native of Akron and graduate of The University of Akron, Kristin’s art career was built around the work-at-home life of a mother of three children from her dining room studio in Orrville, a workspace she still shares with her college sweetheart and husband of 30 years. A book featuring a number of her early cartoons, “Send Help: Delights, Dilemmas and Delusions of a Modern Midwestern Man” was published in 1999, and has recently enjoyed a rebirth as a new generation of readers discovers the joy of laughing their way through everyday life.

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