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About

:: ABOUT ::

Guest Galería Abstract Artist Bio and Statement

Artist Statement

About Kristen's work and themes behind it.


Although I went to school for art education and learned a variety of new mediums, my current work, filled with a wide variety of mark making and still reflects my love for drawing. I’m in love with the materials: the smell, the texture, and how it feels in my hand as I move it around. Powdered graphite, jumbo graphite sticks, pumice gel, carbon, water soluble wax crayons, oil pigment sticks, and lumber crayons are just some of the things that I will incorporate into my abstract paintings.

My Love for the Desert

Turning inspiration from nature into artwork.


Stories are told in overlapping layers, marks, and texture. I take the beauty in my surroundings and translate the desert landscape into fine art that brings beauty and life to the everyday experience. Each painting starts with a feeling and ends with a story.

Studio Tour - coming soon!


Exhibit & Commentary Videos

Get to know the art through the eyes of gallery curators.


Kate Ashton, owner of Ashton Gallery and art mentor at Art on 30th in San Diego, CA, gives commentary to "A Place In The Sun," which won first place in the "75 & Sunny" regional exhibit.

"The Power of Small Things" National Exhibit 2019 at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center. My artworks selected for this show are featured at the :42 minute mark.

Kate Ashton, owner of Ashton Gallery and art mentor at Art on 30th in San Diego, CA, gives commentary to "Standing in the Shadows of Love."

Kate Ashton, owner of Ashton Gallery and art mentor at Art on 30th in San Diego, CA, gives commentary to "Overjoyed."


Artist Bio

About the Artist


Kristen Guest is an award-winning and published abstract expressionism artist as well as a certified art instructor in San Diego, California. She studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University because it seemed to be the most natural path: she loved art and she loved helping others. 


Currently, Kristen works out of her studio at the Bernardo Winery and teaches abstract painting classes at Art on 30th, an art center located in the North Park’s vibrant arts and culture district. She creates work for designers, exhibitions, and online galleries and is best known for using various muted hues and a wide variety of drawing materials, giving her work a “fresh,” expressive feeling.


Kristen is represented at Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA as a member of the gallery's Professional Artist Program. Kristen’s abstracts have been selected and featured on the homepage of online galleries Saatchi and Artfinder, as well as featured in various Editor/Staff Pick highlights, including "Ones to Watch 2020." She has been juried into local San Diego exhibits, prestigious regional exhibits at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, and national exhibits in Washington DC, San Diego, CA, and Port Angeles, WA. Several of her works can be found in the instructional painting book, "Abstract Painting" For Today's Contemporary Artist" by Kate Ashton.


Representation

  • Ashton Gallery

    Professional Artists' Program

    San Diego, CA

    ashtonartgallery.com

Online Galleries

  • Artfinder

  • Fine Art America

  • Saatchi Art

Publications


Education

  • M.F.A. coursework in Media Design

    
Full Sail University

    
Aug 2016 - Jan 2017

  • B.S. in Art Education


    Middle Tennessee State University

    Aug 2000 - May 2007


Experience

  • Art on 30th

    Staff, Instructor & Resident Artist

    Feb 2017 - Present 

  • The Art Stash

    Class Instructor

    Jan 2017 - Mar 2018


  • TakeLessons.com 

    Private Lesson Instructor

    Aug 2016 - May 2017

  • Inspire SD Studio

    Event Instructor

    Apr 2014 - Feb 2015

  • MilSpouse Meetup.com Group

    Art Coordinator

    Workshop Instructor

    Mar 2009 - Feb 2010
 

  • Paper Source

    Chicago, IL & Carlsbad, CA

    Staff

    Workshop Instructor

    Mar 2008 - Feb 2010
 

  • Smyrna High School

    Interim Instructor

    Aug 2007 - Dec 2007
 

  • The Art House

    Resident Artist & Instructor

    Aug 2004 - May 2006
 

Recognition

  • Honorable Mention

    “Summertime"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Aug - Sept 2021

  • Honorable Mention

    “Celebration"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Jul - Aug 2021

  • Honorable Mention

    “Full Circle"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Jun - Jul 2021

  • “Staff Picks"

    Artfinder.com

    September 2020

  • Handpicked to show at

    The Other Art Fair's 

    "Los Angeles Online Studios"

    SaatchiArt.com

    April 2020

  • “Artist of the Month"

    Artfinder.com

    March 2020

  • "Ones to Watch 2020"

    with artwork featured in page header

    Artfinder.com

    January 2020

  • First Place

    “75 & Sunny”

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Jul - Aug 2019

  • Juror's Choice 

    “Double Trouble”

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Jun - Jul 2019

  • Featured in a staff-curated collection

    SaatchiArt.com

    May 2019

  • Honorable Mention

    “Going Green” 

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego

    Jul - Aug 2018

  • First Place Winner for Tennessee House of Representatives (District #70) with 1 Year Exhibit in the Washington D.C. Lincoln Tunnel

    National Artist Competition

    1997 - 1998

Solo Exhibits

  • Resident Artist Showcase

    BW Tasting Room, San Diego, CA

    Apr 2021

  • "Pedals for the People" Benefit

    Ashton Gallery, San Diego, CA

    Sept 2019


Group Exhibits

  • "Tuxedo"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    Apr 2021 - May 2021

  • "#Obsessed"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    Mar 2021 - Apr 2021

  • "Multiplicity"

    Juried Online Show

    Jen Tough Gallery

    Online

    Dec 2020 - Jan 2021

  • "Wintergreen"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    December 2020

  • "Small Works"

    Juried Online Show

    Jen Tough Gallery

    Online

    December 2020

  • "Surf City Virtual Arts Fest"

    Juried Online Marketplace

    Huntington Beach City

    Online

    Nov - Dec 2020

  • "Inspired"

    Member Annual Show

    Huntington Beach Art Center

    Huntington Beach, CA

    Nov - Dec 2020

  • "Natural Worlds"

    Juried Online Show

    Jen Tough Gallery

    Online

    Oct - Nov 2020

  • "Flora & Fauna"

    Juried Online Show

    Jen Tough Gallery

    Online

    October 2020

  • "Quarantine Aquamarine"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    Aug - Sep 2020

  • "The Many Faces of Red"

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    Jan - Feb 2020

  • “Centered on the Center”

    Annual Regional Show

    Huntington Beach Art Center

    Huntington Beach, CA

    Jan - Feb 2020

  • "The Power of Small Things”

    Juried National Show

    Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

    Port Angeles, WA

    Aug - Sep 2019

  • “28th Annual Juried Exhibition”

    Juried Regional Show

    Athenaeum Art Center

    La Jolla, CA

    Jul - Aug 2019

  • "Creamsicle" 

    Juried Regional Show

    Ashton Gallery

    San Diego, CA

    Jan - Feb 2019


 

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