ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Montevideo, Uruguay Apr 17 Meet award-winning multi-media artist, Christy Kill. She creates abstract paintings using acrylic, resin, and oil. She has exhibited in numerous locations in the DC area; and a pair of her paintings are on permanent display at the Ocean Cluster in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In 2019, Christy was the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Development Fellowship, and this was the beginning of her surface pattern career. She has since sketched, photographed, and painted designs inspired by nature in Iceland, the US, and now Uruguay.
“Not only is Christy a talented artist, but she is also a wonderful, fun and outgoing person. After moving to Montevideo, Uruguay she was one of the first people I met and we instantly clicked! We had so much fun spending half a day together collaborating to create various portraits and in-action photos. I am so excited to share the final photos, and more importantly this in-depth interview where you can get to know Christy a bit more! ENJOY!!” - Miranda
Muse Artist Feature: Christy Kill By: Greg Dorazio
Our August MUSE artist feature is Christy Kill, with whom we are fortunate enough to have an exclusive wallpaper collab consisting of Christy’s gorgeous, abstract masterpieces. Here are a few of the prints we love the most!
Iceland Voyager We’ve featured “Iceland Voyager” in a previous blog post, but hey, it’s just that incredible. Christy’s work is largely inspired by nature, and this piece of art is reminiscent of your favorite shoreline, wherever that may be. Her wall prints, like all of her work, offer an escape from daily life. Isn’t that something good art should often do?
Galactic This space-inspired print is out-of-this-world fun! (Pun most definitely intended.) It would be perfect in a kids’ room, but is grown up enough to style anywhere you’d like.
Spring Paths We love the light, happy vibes this abstract mural gives off. Anywhere you need to amp up the creativity, this baby would thrive. Or anywhere you want to feel happier. Soooo, everywhere? Yeah, this mural should be put up everywhere. What do you think? Let us know!
Over the years, I have worked with a few different resins, but none have been as easy to work with as Art Resin. First, and perhaps most importantly, It is non-toxic, has no VOCs, fumes, or solvents and is non-flammable and non-hazardous. However, I still urge everyone to wear a respirator mask when using any resin products. Secondly, it's clear and remains that way - other resins may produce a yellow cast over time. Lastly, it's easy to use and brightens color beautifully.
The kind people at Art Resin sent me a 32 oz kit to use. I worked on a new project - painting on tiles -making coasters and sold them all. Yay! Those unfamiliar with resin should know that there are 2 bottles - 1 containing resin, and 1 containing hardener. You combine in equal proportions, mixing well before using. For example, I'll mix 3 ounces of resin with 3 ounces of hardener to get 6 ounces of resin. Art resin has a really cool calculator tool to help figure out how much is needed for any given project. Once combined, there is about a 30 minute window to work until the resin begins its hardening phase.
Here are a few pictures along my coaster making process. Thanks Art Resin for this superior product! I really enjoyed working on the coasters, and plan to make additional ones later this year. Stay tuned for those, and see all of my art making on Instagram: @christykillart. For more info on Art Resin visit: https://www.artresin.com
I joined the McLean Art Society (MAS) in the fall and one New Year resolution was to be more active at the community level. So, I joined our monthly zoom calls and participated in all opportunities. I installed artwork at the Springhill Recreation Center where MAS has an on-going exhibition on the lower level. Well, to my surprise the 2 pieces I hung sold and the buyer is commissioning another piece! Here are the 2 that sold at Springhill. They are 16 x 20, acrylic on wood panel.
In other huge news associated with MAS, I was selected to be apart of the juried exhibition "The Show Must Go On." A juried exhibition is where one person (or a few) review all of the submitted artwork (in this case, there were 57) and select their favorites based on composition, theme, balance, and what rings true to them. The work below titled "Be the Light" was one of 20 selected. And while, I have participated in a handful of exhibitions, this is the first time I have been selected by a juror. I'm taking many moments to pause and celebrate! It is on display at the McLean Community Center from March 2 - 13th, 2021. The exhibition is just outside of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) in the Atrium. All works are by MAS members and are for sale. "Be the Light" is 24 x 24 inches, acrylic and oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
"Be the Light" took on many forms as I worked on it what seemed like nearly all day. I truly let myself explore through color and texture and finally arrived at the final piece when it felt complete (or I was exhausted!). I used a palette knife to add lots of texture to create upward and horizontal movements. For me, it mimics light shining up and out. The first 2 phases of the painting are show below and still give me inspiration! Thank goodness I took pictures of the process. ❤️
During March, I'll be working on 2 commissions and enjoying all things spring! Enjoy the sunshine and see you soon!
American Artist Donated Two Paintings to the Ocean Cluster House. By: Berta Daníelsdóttir |Mar 26, 2019 | News
Abstract artist, Christy Kill, donated the pair of paintings “On the Shores of Iceland” to the Ocean Cluster in February 2019. During a beach cleanup in Sandvík, she was surprised by the amount of trash along the shore and was compelled to translate the experience to canvas. In the paintings, she contrasts items she found that day with the deep, beautiful blues of the ocean. These artworks were exhibited on a slideshow during ArtBasel Miami in December 2017.
Christy works to create balance and positivity through color in each of her paintings. She grew up in Atlanta, has lived around the world for the last 10 years and is currently finding inspiration in Iceland. She has given proceeds and paintings to several NGOs and charities that serve children and the environment. Christy’s hope is that we all—from individuals to large corporations to governments—embody a responsibility for our land, oceans and animals that is selfless, creative and compassionate. See more of Christy’s work at www.christykillart.com Follow her latest @christykillart on Instagram and Facebook