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Kristine Vander Velde

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Painting has always been my obsession because it offers seemingly limitless opportunities for self expression. It is malleable and forgiving with an endless range of color. With my camera, I collect as many shots as I can and sift through them for what strikes me as significant. Nature has always been my sanctuary, a place to seek solitude. I thought I wanted to capture the idyllic peacefulness, what I believed was important in nature. I was fooling myself. Drawn to the strong light and long shadows of late day and bent or broken trees showed that my paintings were about anxiety, loneliness and death. Embracing this aspect has led to exciting new avenues in my artwork. Twisted, bent broken and falling trees have been a long time favorite subject. Clouds capture light and absorb color. They can be an ominous oppressive force on the landscape, or a floating backdrop that creates an expansive view. Using photos as reference, I rearrange and alter my landscapes. Human made objects have been emerging in my paintings. Electric towers and poles rise above trees and houses. Their wires cut the sky and create a rhythm of movement. As an artist, I am curious about how these elements can create emotional impact. The odd shape of a broken tree and heavy clouds create mystery and an eerie echo of desolation. The human structures are a flow of geometric patterns that meld with the natural landscape. Combining these in my studio work has developed a process of inquiry that I use to create something beyond what is seen.

Kristine's ArtPrize Entries

These are Kristine's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Know Where

    Know Where

    2021 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of Heaven's Trail

    Heaven's Trail

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of The Path Ahead and The Path Behind

    The Path Ahead and The Path Behind

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of The Scream of the Butterfly

    The Scream of the Butterfly

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of Rearrangeable Thoughts

    Rearrangeable Thoughts

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of What I want to show the World...

    What I want to show the World...

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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  • Photo of Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Kristine Vander Velde
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Kristine's Past Work

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