Kirsten was born in Hartlepool in 1968 and grew up on the island of Jersey before gaining a B.A. Hons Fine Art Degree in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Kirsten is inspired by 'collections' of treasured objects and their remembered or imagined histories, and seeks out decorated, eclectic surfaces wherever they can be discovered. Fragments and motifs are gathered daily in my sketchbooks and these reappear as collaged elements within later paintings. Much of her work has a strong narrative, often linked to the place the object was found or bought.
Her pieces are created using gesso, inks and washes of acrylic paint over collaged surfaces. They incorporate vintage envelopes, stamps, dictionary text and maps to make a rich, layered surface which evokes memories relevant to the object. Recent works include The Garden paintings where studies of flowers combine with collected text, cards and eclectic papers within a fresh lively image referencing a memory, time or place.
Kirsten’s prints are produced in limited editions of 250, hand worked, signed and numbered by the artist, images are printed on Hahnemuhle fine art paper using archival quality U.V stable pigment inks.