Small paintings of extraordinary places

Ridge Road
Artist's Portrait

I draw from an early love of nature and desire to find the extraordinary in everyday places. My work is distinguished by my ability to capture the sense of place as particular, with an emotional subtlety that resonates.

As Sigurd Olson once said, “Joys come from simple and natural things; mist over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water. Even rain and wind and stormy clouds bring joy.”

Available Work



After a recent workshop with Marc Hanson, I learned that I could use gouache (opaque watercolor) on pastel paper to make these small sketches on location. They are an absolute joy to paint. I drive around my hometown and park. I set up and paint right in my car. I once read that Georgia O’Keeffe drove around the desert with a canvas in the back of her station wagon. She would sit in 100 degrees of heat and paint her beloved landscape. I feel this way about the Wisconsin landscape. There are so many wonderful places to paint right here in my back yard.


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A Sense of Place
Paintings in Oil and Gouache
June 21 through July 30, 2016
Artist reception July 15

The focus of this show is intimate paintings of everyday places in and around Stevens Point.
Please send me suggestions of your favorite locales through the contact form below and I will post them on the map as I paint them.

Click on the map to see places I have visited thus far.

Painting Workshop


Painting Summer Landscapes
August 10, 11 and 12, 2016

Come and paint a Wisconsin summer with us. Learn all about greens and how to approach and edit what you see in the outdoors.You may choose to work in acrylics, but the class is geared toward the oil painter.

The class will include but not limited to:
  • How to set up in the field
  • Thumbnail sketches
  • Blocking in
  • Palette selection and color mixing
  • Tips on composition
  • Self-critique and finding your own voice
  • And much more…
Fees and Materials:
  • Workshop fee is $300
  • A non-refundable deposit of $50 due on August 6
  • The balance is due on August 10
  • Supply list will be emailed to you after confirmation of registration.

To register for one of the workshops, mail the deposit to:

Q Gallery
1108 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Artist's Portrait

Kristie grew up in a big family in the Appalachian Mountains of Southern West Virginia. She earned her college degrees as an artist and teacher in West Virginia and Ohio. She has attended numerous workshops with some excellent teachers like Albert Handel, Richard McKinley, and Anne Blair Browne.

Kristie is a part of a 17-member artist cooperative, Q Gallery Artists Cooperative, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She has work in private and public collections throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

I would love to hear from you