Born and raised in Marin County, California, Kristin grew up entranced by the region's extraordinary natural history. Encouraged to draw by artistic parents, she began illustrating animals, but shifted her focus to plants at the age of twelve when her family joined the California Native Plant Society.
Essentially self-taught, Kristin honed her technique at London's Royal College of Art, where she was awarded an M.A. in 1981. Kristin has exhibited widely in the United States and in London. She has self-published an ever-expanding line of cards and fine art prints, and selectively undertakes private and commercial commissions. Her award-winning botanical art has illustrated numerous journals and several books, and has graced packaging designs and educational posters. Published illustration commissions include a series of line drawings of California native plants for a UC Press book on their cultivation, a wildflower poster and a set of four placemats/posters depicting grasses, both for the California Native Plant Society.
Working almost exclusively from live specimens, I begin with a sketch, then a detailed pencil rendering on hot-press, acid-free paper. I then apply watercolor, first with small areas of wash, and later with rather dry paint applied with tiny brushes to gradually build up color, depth and detail. My pen & ink drawings also are started with a pencil drawing, over which the line and stippling are carefully applied with the smallest available Rapidograph pens. Extraneous pencil can be erased once the paint or ink is completely dry.