First of all, I’m somewhat of a crazy cat lady. If you browse my website, you’ll see lots of paintings of rainbow colored felines. I have three cats (Karma, Panda Bear, and Mr. Samadhi), and most of my cat paintings are based upon them.
I’ve been painting for around 15 years; although, I didn’t throw myself into it fully until about nine years ago. I work mainly with acrylics, but I also create digital art and drawings from time to time.
I live in Wichita, Kansas. I have a home-based studio and show my work at art fairs throughout the midwest. I also used to have an art gallery in Wichita’s Towne West Mall, but I've had to close it due to coronavirus.
I’m currently focusing on several bodies of work including neo-expressionist inspired abstract paintings exploring the subconscious mind, surreal landscapes, and animal paintings.
I paint animals in a colorful style that I call visionary impressionism. My visionary impressionist paintings can pretty much be thought of as Impressionism 2.0. I paint the light and movement that I observe with my eyes, like the classical Impressionists did, but I also paint what I feel emotionally and sense intuitively.
Each painting focuses on a particular animal. Since animals will not hold still for me to look at them while I paint, I begin by photographing them. I enjoy visiting zoos to take these photographs. After I choose the best photo, I print and tape it to my wall so that the animal can “model” for me. Then I paint each painting by hand with the acrylics.
My Customer Service Promise:
I personally have my hand in every step of my business - from making the original paintings, to making the prints, packaging and shipping, managing my social media accounts, updating my website, and customer service. I do it all. And I promise that I will always be there for you. If you have questions about one of my pieces before purchase, please email me at krystle [!at] krystlecole.com. If your order gets lost, crushed, or mishandled by the post office, EMAIL ME. I will answer you personally, and I will fix it. My upmost goal is to spread LOVE and JOY with my art!
Where to See My Art in Person:
I go to major cities (Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, & Tulsa) in the midwest for art fairs at least once a year. Please see my Events page for more info.
Education and History:
I earned an Associate of Arts degree in 2-D Design from Allen County Community College in the year 2000, when I was 18 years old. Several years later, I started my first sole proprietorship providing website design and graphic design services for small businesses in my area.Over the years, though, my interest in the human mind and spirituality grew. So I went back to college and earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. I also wrote several books about my life and the lessons I learned from the use of psychedelic drugs.
My first book, Lysergic, is on track to be made into a feature film in the next year or so. It recounts events that occurred in my life within the time period of 2000 to 2003. My book was included in an exhibit at the New Museum in New York City, and my painting entitled “Lysergic Mandala” was featured in an exhibit in London, England. My book is a combination of things – a story of love, a story of abuse, and a story about the psychedelic experiences that exerted a profound effect upon my life. These experiences were so profound that, even though I no longer use drugs or alcohol, they’ve still irrevocably influenced how I see the world. Ultimately, these experiences have also been direct inspiration for much of my artwork.