Tuesday, June 11, 2013

16. Kristy Cutsforth

Kristy Cutsforth is a freelance artist from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her passion lies in painting and she uses a variety of mediums depending on what kind of project she is working on. Her favorite form of artwork is oil painting because, “of the versatility of that type of paint. You can create any color if you have good mixing technique and experience with color theory.”

Kristy’s art is inspired by, “bright, bold color, children's book illustrations and reclaiming old, forgotten images and items.” She started a shop called Rogue Painter that features mischievous, colorful painting that can’t be tied down. Kristy creates hand-painted shoes, purses, and jackets that can be customized with each order. She uses a special acrylic finisher to seal the items so there is no cracking, peeling or fading.



("Home and Garden" painting by Kristy Cutsforth)

Art has been important to Kristy her entire life. “I like the idea of recycling visual history into something relevant and relatable to our current time. It gives my work a sense of nostalgia, but still leaves room for experimentation and abstraction which modernizes the work,” she states. She started drawing when she was just three years old and continued to hone her craft through college.

“I took mail correspondence lessons from the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis for 3 years. I took every art class I could in high school, and that motivated me to pursue art at a collegiate level. I will be graduating with a B.A. in studio art in 2011 from the University of Northern Iowa,” she explained to me.

Her ambition has led her to inspire others to be creative in a painting class she teaches at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Falls every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. The lessons are $12/class and she plans to create a range of classes saying, “I plan on having more classes in the future including: a children's painting class, watercolors, and advanced oil painting.”

Kristy hopes to continue expanding her freelance business and she also plans on, “entering more arts and crafts festivals, and entering my work in national juried competitions.” She understands the process of owning her own business: “Its a trial by fire process, but I've learned so much since I started doing freelance this summer. It takes time to grow and expand any business, but being an artist is a valid career. Its not something I need to explain or apologize for. I don't need a teaching degree to fall back on. If you have confidence in what you do, and create quality work, things have a way of working out.”


("Isolation" Painting by Kristy Cutsforth)

Check out Kristy’s Facebook page at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rogue-Painter/156514011036661

If you would like to contact her for commissions or other freelance work her information is below:

www.kristycutsforth.com
Business Phone: (319) 849-8693

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