Prickly pear cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Piece description from the artist

Like many people, I am guilty of stereotyping Texas. I envisioned cows and cowboys, horses, tumbleweed, and cacti coexisting in a hot, dry desert climate. Upon my first visit to the Lone Star State over twenty years ago, I realized how sorely wrong I was! Yes, Texas has all those stereotypes. I didn't realize, though, that Texas has everything else as well: beaches, rivers, forests, mountains, and yes, desert-like areas. I also didn't realize the abundance of this vast piece of land. Many of those spiny cacti with the occasional, gorgeous yellow blooms are prickly pears. Despite those painful spines on their paddles, prickly pears are food! Both the paddles and the pear-like red (sometimes yellow, sometimes green) fruit are edible and enjoyed in many cuisines—TexMex, Mexican, Latin, Spanish, AND Mediterranean—and they are delicious. For such a "lowly" plant, what marvelous bounty and beauty it provides!

Other works by Kristine Kainer

About Kristine Kainer

Georgetown, TX

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.

See Kristine's portfolio here

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