Kristina is a watercolorist depicting primarily avifauna and is best known for her portfolio of both extinct and extant bird species. The natural world is her inspiration, drawing from the existing beauty of our environment. As an avid birder, Kristina prefers to work from life and spends most of her time sketching and researching species in the field.
Mel Thompson has been creating art all her life. Watercolor was always her medium of choice, until 1997 when she began experimenting with pastels. She discovered that for her, pastels were the perfect mix of drawing and painting and has never looked back. She specializes in painting the Midwest landscape where she captures the essence of its light and atmosphere in an impressionistic style. This exhibit centers specifically on the varied quality of light that exists there.
Thompson earned a BFA degree in painting from Mundelein College in Chicago. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Chicago Pastel Painters and Illinois Artisans.
As an illustrator, my art is always about story, however, the images may take you to some unfamiliar places. Even with a traditional fairytale, I tend to look for an unusual perspective. The books I have both written and illustrated started with the pictures.
In January of 2016 Gary spent 8 days in Cuba shooting with Steve Simon, a professional photographer and teacher. During this trip Gary honed his skills in framing and lighting and developed a keen interest in street photography.
Birding in Watercolor
Voices of Luminosity
The People of Havana