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Abstraction and Storytelling
I love to paint! I am an abstract thinker, and my artwork presents ideas, emotions, and events, using whatever style I feel is best to achieve the communication viscerally.

When I am completely in tune with my work, it becomes as meditative as a long walk through trees in snow. I remember the moment of each color wash upon wood grain, or the sound of each brushstroke, feathery or rasping upon canvas. At these times, the act of painting becomes a dance, a song, through which I come to express something I understood intensely in a moment but for which I had no words to express properly to someone else.

I aim to give the viewer an intuition of that experience and moment through my painting, in a way similar to how we may recall fragments from a dream, that leaves us with the overall feeling and intent, and words are not necessary to understand it. I also aim to imbue the viewer of this, our mutual gift of visual language, to powerfully name our realms of experience to ourselves and each other.


Kristina Pardue was born in Boulder, Colorado, receiving a BA from the University of Virginia with concentrations in printmaking and sculpture, and a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. With 30 years experience in the field of painting, she specializes in oil, ink, and water-based paints, using a wide variety of approaches, including abstraction and fine-line drawing. She has shown her paintings extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including at Fort Mason, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Diego Rivera Gallery. In 2000, she presented her work in a video exchange between Bay Area artists and Maori artists of New Zealand as part of Te Atinga's Te Ra Festival at Toihoukura in Gisborne, New Zealand.

Commissioned work includes a 14-foot oil mural in the home of the Dean of the Philosophy Department, University of Virginia, through Heartwood Corporation, and an al seco panel for Joni Russell in Albany, CA, in collaboration with Daryl M. Rush Builders. Her paintings and sculptures are held in many private collections, including that of a Navy SEALS Special Boat Commander, of international sound art composer, Guillermo Galindo, and of tattoo artist, author, and curator Don Ed Hardy. Recently, the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California purchased the painting "Scrimshaw" to hang in its newly renovated dining facilities.

Since moving to Santa Fe in 2005, Pardue has become more involved in film work-- producing, writing, acting in her own short films, while also working as actress and editor on music video collaborations with other artists. One of these collaborations resulted in being named a Finalist for New Mexico Music Video of The Year for “Satan’s Bride,” music by Gregg Turner. In addition, Pardue has illustrated the covers for several music CDs, and painted animation for “Fiji Mermaid”, a film by Russell U Richards. In the past few years, she has taught painting workshops for elementary age children and participated in several group shows through the Tarnoff Art Center, serving the rural communities of Pecos and Rowe, New Mexico. Pardue is an active member of the local art group, Inspiration Squad, and has participated in La Pocha Nostra satellite performance workshops in the Santa Fe area.

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