Piece description from the artist
One of the most mesmerizing of shells is the abalone. As a child, I had a large one (purchased in a beach gift shop during a family vacation in Nagshead, North Carolina). I kept my favorite pieces of jewelry in it for years. Sadly, it disappeared some time after I graduated from college (any ideas, Mom?) and I've always regretted not having one to paint. (If you are familiar with my work, I ADORE painting sea shells.) Recently, however, I acquired a "new" abalone shell. Look out, world—this is my first abalone painting, but it won't be my last!
Kristine Kainer grew up in a military family and spent her formative years moving to new and diverse locations along the Eastern Seaboard. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Art History and high hopes. Unfortunately, job opportunities did not meet her creative goals. After several uninspiring jobs, she earned her Master's degree from George Mason University to pursue a career teaching mathematics. It was during this time that she developed a passion for food (especially shellfish) and began to admire the rustic charm and simplicity of life from a bygone era.
In 2003, Kristine, her husband, and their young daughter moved to rural Texas. There they experienced a slower pace of life while living on a small, weathered, 1920s family farm. During this time, Kristine's creative spark was reignited in the form of painting.
Self-taught, Kristine specializes in oils. Her subject matter focuses on her long-time loves: food, seashells, vintage everyday items, and the occasional seascape. Her works are found in both public and private collections nationally and internationally. She and her family currently reside in Georgetown (near Austin) and Schulenburg where they enjoy the urban, suburban, and rural lifestyles of Texas—with, of course, the occasional jaunt to the seaside.