I'm Kristen Reinhart Davis, an artist, living in a tiny town in the Ohio Valley, just north of Louisville, KY. I'm married to a fantastic man who is a graphic designer and publisher, and am a QA analyst by day, artist by night. My blog kdillustration.blogspot.com was created to track my journey as an illustrator and designer.
My windy road in the arts began with many, many boxes of Crayola crayons, the 64-count box to be precise. I took every art class I could in high school and loved all of them. When it came time for college I decided I wanted to help people, especially kids, so I decided to pursue Social Work, thus graduating with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Justice Administration. Though, my favorite college course was Art for Education, where I first fell in love with block printing. With a state hiring freeze for social workers in place when I graduated, I fell back on something I was good at — computers, specifically testing software — which is where I'm at today.
All the while, during my professional career, I've experimented with many art forms — screen printing, block printing, metalsmithing, leather working, stained glass work and even upholstery, but I was always drawing and always fascinated with textile (surface) design.
One year ago, I discovered The Art and Business of Surface Design and it literally changed my life. So far I've completed two of the three modules and I can finally answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I'm currently expanding my education with Michelle Fifis' "The Sellable Sketch."