Artist: Kristen Ellis ..........................................................
Kristin D. Ellis Biography
Throughout school, art was the class I always looked forward to. I took after-school arts and crafts classes, mostly for fun while I was in elementary school. It wasn’t until middle school that I started to realize that art was more than just a hobby. I really wanted to enhance my knowledge about art by learning more about its history, the different kinds of art movements, and styles.
I started collecting books of well-known and lesser-known artists to help me improve my art skills. I even took some private painting classes from three wonderful art teachers. I also tried all kinds of art styles and media, particularly while I was in college, such as figure drawing, cartooning, and painting landscapes. I’ve even tried getting out of my comfort zone by working in digital art, sculpture, and whatever other medium I haven’t gotten my hands into. I graduated from a New York State community college with an associate’s degree in visual arts.
It wasn’t until 2011 that I discovered stained glass. It was a medium that I never really thought I’d get into, or had any real interest in it. However, I was curious about the process of constructing a stained glass window, so I decided to take some classes. It wasn’t until about the fifth window that I started to feel more comfortable with the glass since it was so different from all the other media I’ve tried. I like the complexity and the detail that you can put into the windows. It is kind of like making and solving your own puzzle from scratch. I get a lot of my inspiration for my windows from nature, wildlife, and, classic Tiffany-style, and some of them have a dream-like atmosphere. Even though I’ve been doing stained glass for about six years, I still feel like I am learning something new with each window or lamp I’ve constructed, and that is what I particularly love about working in that medium.
I also have a Facebook page if you are interested in commissions or just want to browse some more of my work: https://www.facebook.com/fishgirlglass/
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