About Kristy Marshall

Artist’s Bio

Kristy Marshall lives and paints near Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Spring Arbor University and a Masters in Media and Communications from Dallas Theological Seminary. She works in oils, acrylics, oil pastels, pastels, and dabbles in silver and gold leafing. She attends art workshops and classes whenever she gets a chance—her most recent was taught by Pamela Blaies in Grapevine, Texas.

Kristy spent years giving private lessons, teaching middle and high school art, and conducting art camps and classes for kids and teens. She loves to share her passion for the creative process with adults as well, by hosting her own art workshops in the Dallas area. Recently, she turned to her own studio and creative process to expand her singular body of work. What you see here is the result.

Kristy has been influenced by the portraiture of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Fra Filippo Lippi’s delicate line work has made an impression on her—it shows up occasionally in her figurative painting, and Brad Kunkle’s gold and silver leafing has been influential in her acquisition of metal leafing.

Faces are a common theme in Kristy’s work. Delving into the core of what makes her subject unique is what makes her portraits sing. She also enjoys taking common objects in nature and enlarging them so that the viewer notices the splendor of the unassuming.

Above all, Kristy’s goal is to communicate the beauty inherent in the world around her. She feels it’s the ordinary objects that deserves more than a cursory glance. Her goal is to help others rediscover the magic in the mundane.

Artist’s Statement

Kristy works in a variety of sizes—whatever best conveys the message she is trying to communicate. She reserves her largest paintings for the smallest things in nature. It’s her way of saying, “notice the beauty in this tiny, unpretentious object!” She enjoys working in a variety of mediums; but her favorites are oil, acrylic, collage, and gold or silver leaf.

An idea for a painting often occurs in the morning. She allows the idea to percolate for a few days. She’ll take photos of an image until one strikes her fancy then she draws out the initial concept on paper. Finally, she will project that image onto a large canvas and begin the painting process. The still life paintings are done alla prima—all in one sitting in front of a grouping set up on a table.

Ultimately, Kristy’s work—whether small or large—reflects her desire to direct people to the loving God who created this remarkable world.