Kristi Grussendorf remembers having drawn all her life and she was singled out because of her drawing skills and became accustomed to being identified as an artist. She graduated with a BFA (painting and drawing emphasis) from the University of Utah.
In her learning she was especially influenced by Diana Gardner, Paul Davis, Dave Dornan, Doug Snow and George Dibble. She also was selected on scholarship to attend Ed Maryon’s Monterey Bay watercolor workshop. Kristi has been honored to have her work included in two separate issues of “Watercolor Artist” magazine (February issues, 2012 & 2013).
Kristi tells us about watercolor:
“Although I enjoy painting in oils, I have focused on watercolors for the last few years. The transparency of watercolor produces a freshness & purity of color unequaled in other mediums & I appreciate artists who are able to preserve the white & paint in a truly purist way. On that note, I am pleased to share that “Totnes” has been juried into the TWSA 37th National Exhibition (Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, May4-Aug4, 2013) Watercolor truly keeps me humble. I have to keep reminding myself that I have a relationship WITH watercolor & refrain from trying to control it.”
I have spent an incredible amount of time in the studio drawing from the live model & many of the landscapes were done “en plein air”. Being able to draw is essential & I continue to practice on a regular basis.
Watercolor as the preferred medium
“I must admit to a bit of stubbornness in also shaping my desire to paint with watercolor. I have known many fine artists who have switched to oils in order to make a living. For whatever reason, oils have more credibility in the art market. I am committed to being a student of watercolor for the time being and am an active signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society. (I have also earned signature status in the Wyoming Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies & the National Watercolor Society.) The UWS provides wonderful workshop opportunities, bringing in the “big names” from all over the world & I try to take advantage whenever possible. I have also been given the opportunity to teach workshops, do some public speaking & judge art shows. As a lifelong learner, my passionate relationship with watercolor continues to grow & change. If I’m lucky, this challenging & rich medium will continue to surprise, delight (& frustrate) me for a very long time!”
The list is long, but these are the most recent exhibitions and awards
– 2013 – FAV (Feb) “OUTSTANDING WATERCOLOR” for “Totnes”
– 2013 UWS Spring Exhiibition – “Q” & “Chasing The Light”
– 2013 TWSA 37th National Exhibition – “Totnes”
– 2013 Sears Invitational – 2nd Place (watercolor) for “Stone Stories” & honorable mention for “Polperro”
– 2013 UWS-CVC – “Polperro” (BEST OF SHOW)
You will find complete information visiting her Website