Although I have always enjoyed and made art, I only started thinking of art as a career choice about five years ago. I began painting as a hobby in the late 1990's, then began submitting art to local gallery group shows in 2007. In 2009 the Jelly Belly Candy Company contacted me because one of their employees owned a portrait I had painted, and asked me if I would be interested in trying my hand at creating mosaic art with their jelly beans. I made a small test piece for them, which they liked, and soon after they commissioned me to create a portrait of the owner of the company. Since then I have made around 15 commissioned pieces for them, as well as several independently commissioned projects for private individuals and organizations. I still work in many different mediums, including acrylic, oil,and multimedia, but over the past three years I have become most comfortable working in jelly beans, and this is what made me decide to create a jelly bean entry for ArtPrize.
Kristen's ArtPrize Entries
These are Kristen's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.