Kristin Parrott paints trees. Even without titles, her works are contemplative meditations, each illustrating a particular quote.
She works from a list of quotations important to her.
“To me, creativity is prayer and affirmation. It’s looking at that which is and seeing it a different way. Creativity is the thought behind the action. My tree paintings evoke feelings of tranquility.”
Nearly every piece of Kristin’s art illustrates her great respect for nature.
Take the acorn collection begun four years ago.
In her words:
“I took an empty vessel off the ground, and filled it with beautiful stones. Then I began grouping beautiful things in “nests” in a way to cause people to pay attention to them.”
“It’s earthy, the commonplace put together in an unexpected way.”
However, no art compares to stone carving. With any carving, Kris prefers to start with a tortured, misshapen stone, rather than a smooth cut block. She believes this honors the stone.
Never one to use power tools in her carvings, Kris describes a spiritual connection with many of her pieces, especially the animals.
Her mentor and carving guru, Delbert Charging Crow influenced her with carving philosophies as well as techniques. One of her greatest sources of pride is the fact he owns some of her carvings.
Like many artists, she hesitates to talk about herself and her accomplishments. She glosses over the fact her work has been displayed in Seattle, San Francisco, and Taos.
An original member, she is now co-director of Amapola Art Gallery, established in 1980.
She started at the University of Colorado as an English major, but describes a feeling of “coming home” when she walked into the fine arts building.
Her mother, a painter and ceramist, Aunt Margaret, a nationally known portrait painter and Uncle Wally, a cartoonist, were three of the numerous artists in her family. Their works continue to inspire Kris.
The links forged as a result of her heritage march hand in hand with the stimulus she gets from other works of art. It raises questions of, “How would I treat this and what will it become?” And off she goes again into the creative space.
“The creative space represents such bliss, such mindfulness. It’s fabulous!”
How can Kristin’s art inspire you?