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Kristine Vander Velde

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

I have had a compulsion to draw and paint ever since I've had a memory. A blank canvas or piece of paper represents endless possibilities to me. I went to school for my BFA in painting, but my career was cut short due to having a child. I put art work aside for nearly 10 years to care for my severely disabled daughter, who was born with Rett Syndrome. In 2008, I began drawing and painting again on my own. A year later, ArtPrize began here in Grand Rapids, and after seeing the event for myself in 2010, I was inspired to enter just to be a part of this amazing experience. My artwork is about the transient nature of life. I strive to capture idyllic moments we often over look in our busy, technology driven lives. My art is about slowing down and appreciating the world around you. I am inspired by Dutch Baroque Art and French Impressionism. I paint mainly landscapes, trees are my favorite subject. I also paint portraits, an experience I enjoy using color and brushstroke to bring the subject alive and create something more than a photograph. My life has changed drastically over the past few years. My daughter passed away in 2013, which brought high changes in my lifestyle. Through it all, I have continued my artwork and consider it my saving grace. Art has become a way to work through tough emotions to create something beautiful, and I hope inspiring also. Every year I enter ArtPrize, I try to think of a way to challenge my skills and connect with the public. Every year I look forward to participating.

Kristine's ArtPrize Entries

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

  • 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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