Featured Showcase Artist: Kristen Santucci
Award-Winning Artist and Designer
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
We are beginning a new section of our showroom and here in our blog for our many friends and artists. This section will showcase one artist each month who will have his or her creations displayed prominently in the showroom at Vista Galleries. Many of our friends and even our staff are quite accomplished artists. Kristen Santucci is the first artist we feature in our showcase. We felt it was appropriate to show off what she can do!
Kristen has been creating art since she was a young girl growing up in Maryland. She began sewing and designing fashions for her family and friends in high school.
In 1988, when Kristen and her family moved to Clearwater, she worked in the custom picture-framing department of a local arts store. She enjoyed seeing the framed art so much that she thought she’d give painting a try herself.
She has learned many techniques and experimented with different mediums, now focusing mostly on oil painting. Kristen says she is inspired by the beautiful west coast Florida beaches.
Kristen excels at figurative painting which has seen a sort of renaissance in recent years. She has won awards for her Kimono Series, which features women with discreetly hidden faces and unique patterns in the drapery and kimonos.
Her art is on display in our Vista Galleries Showroom from now until the end of February. Feel free to come in and talk to Kristen about her art at 1620 N. Hercules Avenue in Clearwater.
Kristen says her successful actions recently include going to a lot of outdoor art shows in the area, including shows in Pioneer Park with Creative Artists Guild, Downtown Dunedin, and the Dunedin Art Harvest.
She has been showing her art at local venues including Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, MJ’s Fashions in Dunedin, the Largo Library Gallery 120, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and Bright House Corporate Offices Gallery. All of this has helped to get her work seen and has helped her become known as a gifted local artist. Keep checking back to see when we will hold an artist’s reception in honor of Kristen.
The picture at left won Best of Show for Kristen in Dunedin Creative Artists Guild’s April, 2014 show at Sterling Art Studios and Gallery.
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