"Painting is so many things to me. It's a way of expressing myself and a form of meditation. It's a tool for tapping into my love of color. Painting allows me to travel to new places and inspires me to dream. My art is something I can share with my family and community. I love the process of layering paint and intuitively mixing colors. I choose images and subjects that resonate with who I am. I compose an abstract and colorful underpainting and then layer upon that to bring life and form to the canvas. My goal is never realism but rather a playful and abstract interpretation. I know that my paintings are complete when I sense a balance of subject, energy and color. I like to take an idea or image I find beautiful and then create a dynamic and vibrant interpretation. I want to give the viewer of my paintings a sense of exploration and playfulness when they look at my work."
- Kristen Hawkes