Seascapes to Seashores

For the month of March, the City of Santa Clarita has an exhibit on the First Floor Gallery of City Hall called "Seascapes to Seashores". This exhibit is presented as an extension of the Santa Clarita Public Library reading program of the book In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Phillbrick.

If you are in the area, check out the many talented artists that have art in the exhibit. I am so excited to see my image Antarctic Sunset printed on metal for the first time. Below is a photo of me standing next to the 12 x 18 metal image. If you are interested in having this image of an Antarctic sunset in your home, you can order it here. Thanks to fellow exhibitor and Antarctic traveler Joel Bareng for taking this photo.

The exhibit ends March 31, 2015.

An Evening of Art & Wine

Last weekend, Two Elephants in Granada Hills hosted An Evening of Art & Wine featuring my photography in one central location. Needless to say, this was a really exciting event for me, and I was so happy to see so many people that have been supportive of my work in one place. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude for the supporters that were there and the fact that I got to share my photography with so many.

Seeing my images as prints, all in one central location, was really special. There is something about making an image that is special, and then to be able to hold physically hold it is pretty amazing. Being able to share those in person was a great feeling, as was when people started purchasing them to bring them home with them.

I have been at photography for quite a few years now. I am still learning, as we all are, and there have been so many of you that have been along with me from the very beginning of this journey. Thank you to everyone who has come along with me on this journey at any phase - stick with me, I feel we have a long road to travel.

Thank you to all who came out to the event last Saturday!

First Floor Gallery Exhibit

I am so very excited to be part of a new exhibit in the First Floor Gallery at the City of Santa Clarita City Hall. There are many talented artists of a variety  of mediums included in this exhibit, and I am honored to be included among them.

I knew about this exhibit early on, and knew that I would want to submit something special to show a piece of Antarctica. Of course I had a few thousand images to choose from, and it was a tough decision what about the Antarctic I wanted to represent.

I finally settled on the image-- but then needed to find the appropriate medium. I knew that because of the subject matter, I wanted to feeling of "cold" to come through, in a beautiful way. I decided to use Mpix professional services for this image printed on metal, and I was overjoyed with the results.

Kristina next to "Antarctic Ice Sculpture"

Kristina next to "Antarctic Ice Sculpture"

I call this image "Antarctic Ice Sculpture".

If you are in the area, stop by to see this piece, as well as several other artists on exhibit until October 2014.

Macro Photography Images

It has been a long time since I have posted--I have had some personal health obstacles within the past 10 months, and am finally getting back to blogging! I have some exciting news to share with my wonderful readers, I have recently gained interest in having my images hanging in a few different locations. Currently, I have six images hanging at a spa in Santa Clarita, CA-- what is more calming than some beautiful macro nature images?

Here are the six images that were chosen to hang:

Night Blooming Cerus

Night Blooming Cerus

Backlit Leaf

Backlit Leaf

Orchid Waterfall

Orchid Waterfall

Backlit Orchid

Backlit Orchid

Cana Lily

Cana Lily with Water Drops

Aloe Leaves

Aloe Leaves

Of course you can contact me about ordering any of these images for the walls of your home of to give to someone you love!

Thank you as always for stopping by!




Photoshop World Las Vegas Wrap Up

Back to the old grind, as they say, and I have had a few weeks to reflect on this year’s Photoshop World. I didn’t get to blog as much as I wanted to on the PSW blog during PSW because of unresolved technical difficulties.  However, I didn’t let that fact ruin my PSW experience, and the staff worked hard to put on a great show. I loved every moment of PSW and didn’t want to miss a thing. That’s hard when there are 5 amazing classes going on during one time slot. Thank goodness for the hundreds of pages in the PSW Workbook, even though it’s not the same as sitting down with a legendary instructor to teach you those things.

Between the classes and the Expo floor, there was always something to see, learn and buy. My favorite event at both the last PSW I attended two years ago and this one was The Art of Digital Photography panel, comprised of nine PSW instructors: Jim Divitale, Joe Glyda, Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Jay Maisel, Gregory Hesiler, Julieanne Kost, Dave Black and Moose Peterson. Each photographer exhibited a different perspective that they brought to the table and left the attendees in awe. I am humbled that I had the opportunity to even be in the same room with these talents, and even more so by the fact they were presenting their own work before me and a few hundred of my PSW friends. But nothing was more memorable than when Joe received a standing ovation for his project “Faces of Ground Zero”, a portrait series of the heroes and survivors of September 11th in 2001, and in 2011.

Something I noticed in each class and walking the Expo floor was the range of attendees' ages. I saw young kids (a 14 year old boy was one of McNally’s subjects) and retirees. I loved seeing that variety. How great is that to be a young kid in the 10-14 age range and to be going to Photoshop World? I applaud the adults in these kids’ lives for nurturing their passion at such a young age, as well as retirees for continuing to feed their passion. One of those retirees whom I attend every PSW with is my dad, making it a wonderful experience for us to share.

Which leads me to the PSW closing ceremony. This year was definitely an emotional closing ceremony. The afternoon began with a movie clip from Joe McNally’s “Faces of Ground Zero” project in his absence. Then Moose Peterson took us on his photographic journey, which chokes me up every time. One of the newer instructors Dave Black told the tear-jerking story of how one college professor saw his talent and encouraged him to pursue photography even though it wasn’t his major. New Photoshop Guy Pete Collins wrapped up the presentations with the equally emotional story of how he started out as a missionary in Thailand and ended up on that stage in Vegas.

I want to thank all of NAPP for putting together yet another amazing PSW. Thank you to all of the instructors who shared their knowledge for three days out of their undoubtedly busy lives.

And thank you for stopping by.

Meeting and greeting

Oh my gosh. I get that being an artist takes courage. Really, I do. You get out of your box to create art. And then that art that you created while out of the box that you think is kind of cool is put out for all of the world to see. Gulp!

In my case, I am currently exhibiting a photo in the City of Santa Clarita City Hall First Floor Gallery Exhibit.

Santa Clarita City Hall First Floor Exhibit This is the ultimate collision of my private life of photography and my work life of, well, making maps for a local government. People I work with on a daily basis walk by my image (whether they know it or not). It’s nerve racking to put my art out there for people I actually know, not some strangers that just see an image and a name. Double gulp! But it is rewarding when someone sees my name next to my piece and says, “I know her!”.

Last night was a reception for the exhibiting artists to meet and greet their flocks of admirers and mingle with each other. It was really nice for me as an employee and exhibiting artist to participate in the evening because I was able to chat with other artists and colleagues that I rarely get a chance to talk to. I hope to attend more events that exhibit my work, even though it stresses the nerves out a bit.

This month’s exhibit of clouds should have a a couple of more weeks to go, if you are in the area please take a moment to stop by and check out some cool art.

Thank you to the City of Santa Clarita Arts & Events office for creating a display of public art and having a really great reception!

And thank you for stopping by!

Santa Clarita City Hall First Floor Gallery

I recently had one of my photos accepted into the Santa Clarita City Hall First Floor Gallery: Santa Clarita City Hall First Floor Exhibit

Each month, a new theme is exhibited, and this month just happened to be clouds (right up my alley!) It's very exciting to see my art work on the wall, and I'm grateful to everyone who has taken a few moments to stop and appreciate it.

If you are in or around Santa Clarita and have a chance, stop by to check out the Gallery, there are some really cool pieces in the exhibit this month.


Thank you to the City of Santa Clarita for creating the Art in Public Places Program!

And thank you for stopping by!