Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Hill.
Krista, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Creativity is embedded deep into my roots. My entire family beams with creativity and it’s been a part of my life since I was merely a thought. Unfortunately when I graduated high school funds were a little too tight to send me to college, so my mom suggested a trade school to learn Massage Therapy. I spent the next decade building a thriving MT career, but still longed to fulfill that inner burn calling me to be a working artist. I went to college about 6 years into my MT career and made the transition from a traditional media artist to digital media artist. After graduation, I severed from my MT career and moved to Phoenix on a whim. I found a job designing direct mail and worked there for just over a year. They loved me and gave me awards to prove it, but I just wasn’t feeling it. There was something that felt so off about clocking in solely to earn a paycheck. Forty plus hours a week I had no passion for what I was doing, and I couldn’t live like that anymore. I decided to quit my job and pursue my own ambitions. I had run into an artist at the Tempe Festival of the Arts that gave me some encouraging words, and ensured that there is money to be made in selling your own artwork. So I did it! I took the plunge and moved back to Michigan for the summer to practice my festival game. I entered a few small festivals surrounding my multiple hometowns in Michigan and developed what you saw in my Insta post. In addition to that, I kept a contract with my old company and picked up another contract designing cute products from home at a company based in CA. I’m currently back in Phoenix and drawing as much as possible. I hope to transition into children’s books over the next couple years, but until then am selling my work at festivals and freelancing every day!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make happy art for happy people. I’ve always believed that artists don’t have full control over what they create, it kind of just flows out of them. Of course there are variables to this, but each artist has a style as unique as the individual and that’s what makes it so cool to be a creative. You get to paint your personality and share it with the world in a visual that can relate to people and brighten their day. It’s truly a blessing.
I create digital paintings primarily in Photoshop. I utilize a 13″ HD Cintiq that has a stylus so I can draw right on the screen. This is what changed my digital game. It has a somewhat real-feel about it that gives me the comfort of traditional media, but the perks of digital. I paint what I see, or what I would like to see. Each piece has a bright, happy, whimsical feel. I incorporate positivity, humor and mystery into each painting. I then work closely with a local printing shop to create high quality, fade resistant prints I hand sign and sell in limited editions.
My hopes in creating my visuals are to give people a little more happiness in their lives. Everything I make has a story behind it. I try not to define it too heavily for myself in hopes that the people who admire and purchase my work can turn it into the story they want to see. I try to provoke smiles and dreamy thoughts that take you back to childhood.
I create my artwork because that’s what makes me happy. I truly believe making these pieces that fly into my thoughts and out through my hand is my purpose on this earth. By fulfilling my passion and my purpose, I hope to encourage others to do the same. That’s why my artwork is so bright and cheerful. I want others to look at it and feel what I am blessed enough to feel every time I create something beautiful.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
There are a few large challenges facing artists today. Some have always been there, some are brand new.
1. Financial support. This is silly but it’s true. So many people comment on how great my stuff is and encourage me to keep it up, then walk out of my booth without grabbing even a one dollar item. If I could live off compliments I’d be rich! This is a fate that has plagued artists since the Renaissance and continues to be evident. It’s ironic because design is prevalent in everything human beings touch, but people rarely want to pay what its worth. Purchase art from living artists… we’re the ones that need the money!
2. Staying true and unique to you. Google is an awesome instrument. It makes finding a reference so easy, heightening the potential of the ability to draw literally anything. It also makes copying, stealing and finding those artists you want to copy and steal from so easy as well. It’s hard to stand out in a world of amazing, accessible artists, but the only way to do it is to create the things you were born to make.
3. Having digital art be accepted as an actual medium. This one is slowly phasing out. Most people are open to digital art at this point, but I can’t count the faces that go blank after I tell them I use Photoshop to create my work. I think they think I type it into existence or something? Photoshop has gotten a bad reputation in recent years, mostly for the work it can do to photos of people, enhancing beauty and what not. But instead we should be praising Photoshop and their developers, because the same program that can make the girl next door look like Jessica Alba with ease is the program I use to build an elaborate painting from the ground up. Digital art interfaces like Photoshop open up a realm of possibility no traditional media ever could. That’s why I’m so addicted to this medium. I phased out of traditional mediums as soon as I felt I mastered them. If I ever get bored in Photoshop it’s my own fault, it’s limitless and awesome.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have been applying to local art festivals around the valley. I am currently participating in the 6th Street Market and hope to get back into the Tempe Festival of the Arts and the Gilbert Art Walk in the fall. I’ve been researching other major festivals in the area and will be applying for them as they open up for jury.
I also have a website showcasing my work – www.kristaannhill.com. My etsy shop is BigDreamStudio and I am planning on signing up for Amazon Handmade as soon as I find the time.
People can support me by purchasing my work, simply put. Working artists need an income too! I also love followers on Instagram – @kristahilldesigns. This is the best place to keep up with my festivals and where my pop up shop will be located next.
- Website: www.kristaannhill.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kristahilldesigns
- Facebook: @kristahilldesigns