The stunning artwork of Kristin Gibson now graces the lobby of the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Two pieces entitled Into the Aquarium I and Into the Aquarium II feature aquatic life, including sting rays and turtles. Both are made of wax and dye on silk.
Kristin lives in Carolina Beach with her family, and paints full time from her home and backyard in a space called "Saltwater Studio". The name gives a nod to a lifetime lived by the sea and to the salt and water integral to her process. Several galleries represent Kristin including City Art Gallery in Greenville; Tyler White Gallery in Greensboro; Three Hounds Gallery in Wilmington; and Artshak in Southport.
Kristin considers herself a multi-surface painter. She paints still life paintings on traditional canvas or woven jacquard. Fabrics and recycled clothing become mixed media stories of surf art or beach houses. Kristin also paints expressionistic seascapes on canvas and wood panels rescued from floors and walls of abolished buildings in and near Wilmington and Carolina Beach. Silk also intrigues and inspires her. Whether a hand painted silk scarf, or a large batik art wall hanging, Kristin relishes in mixing color and form upon a surface that is so completely responsive.
* All images © Kristin Gibson