November Artist of the Month: Kristen Fox

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Ah, the power of twitter and social media! I found the coolest artist on twitter, and fell in love with her incredible art. I knew, at once, that our Wandering Educators would also be impressed with her detailed Celtic art, gorgeous colors, and variety of designs. Our featured November artist? Kristen N. Fox. Kristen has a variety of art that she creates - besides her Celtic art, she's a talented photographer, does mixed media, and also has created some magnificent watercolors.  I am most attracted to her detailed Celtic art - beautiful knotwork, deep, rich colors, and new designs.

 

Foxvox

Celtic Clockwork

 

I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with Kristen, about her art, and the story behind it. Here's what she had to say...

 

La Conciergerie watercolor, foxvox

La Conciergerie watercolor

 

 

WE:  Please tell us about your art...

KF:
As a self-taught artist, my work usually falls into the 'whatever I feel like creating' category, but most often I create Celtic art, watercolor paintings, and digital photography, both realistic and abstract. (Occasionally I've also been known to sketch, dapple in colored pencil, and do a few acrylic paintings as well.)

My Celtic art style is rather unique - it combines a lot of traditional geometric elements like knotwork and spirals, but in non-traditional ways. The knotwork itself can get pretty intricate, but after you learn a basic technique the drawing itself can almost be a meditation, making all of those over and under weaves! Although some of my Celtic pieces are essentially abstract or like geometrical mandalas, I also love to combine knotwork and spirals with physical objects, like the Celtic Compass, Celtic Sun-Moon Hourglass, or the Celtic Tree of Life pieces.

 

Foxvox

Celtic Leaf Transformation

 

Somewhere in California watercolor, Foxvox

Somewhere in California watercolor

 

My watercolor paintings usually happen when I'm taking a break from the more rigid structures of the Celtic art. The abstracts are especially fun as once I lay down the initial structure with light pencil, I'm free to sink into a frame of mind that's all colors and water and flow.

The realistic paintings are a bit more of a challenge for me, as watercolors are a lot more about the shape of a patch of color being layed down, than actual brushstrokes (as in acrylic paints, for example.) I have to concentrate on shape instead of what I think a certain part of the painting is SUPPOSED to look like - if I just do each different shape the end product will usually come together on its own.

 

Celtic Tree of Life, Foxvox

 

Cosmic ribbons, Foxvox

Cosmic Ribbons

 

 

Digital photography also lets me get into yet another frame of mind. I enjoy finding small details which, when the photo is taken in macro mode, very close up, reveals a whole new world. Sometimes you can't even tell what the physical object is that I'm shooting - I love that! It's also a good excuse to get out of the house and get some fresh air.

 

Hot Celtic Dragonfly, Foxvox

Hot Celtic Dragonfly

 

Cabbage Fractal Photograph, Foxvox

Cabbage Fractal Photograph

 

 

WE: How/when did you start becoming an artist?

KF: My first memory is of drawing on the wall in my bedroom when I was a little kid - with ball point pen. I think after that my mother made sure I always had crayons and paper around. I also remember that one of my favorite coloring books was a set of huge, individual snowflakes.  I loved the symmetry and geometry of the designs - I didn't realize until much older that they would have been considered 'mandalas'. Another thing I remember from my childhood is taking a pad of cheap newsprint paper and drawing out house floorplans - a new one on each page. Such an odd thing for a kid to do, but I think I liked the creativity and challenges inherent in a given structure (variations on a theme), which is very similar the approach I take with the Celtic work, now that I think about it.

When I got into high school, I also discovered that I enjoyed writing too and developed those skills as well, both fiction and non-fiction, usually expository articles on various subjects. (Mostly I wrote when I wanted to explain something to MYSELF, and then ended up sharing the results.) In college, I sort of mashed all of my interests together with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications and a minor in Computer Science (Clarkson University), developing the 'graphic design' aspect of my artistic tendencies. Later I ended up creating my own websites, coding my own html, designing the layout, and then using the websites to sell my art.

 

Celtic Cross, Foxvox

Celtic Cross

 

Creation myth watercolor, foxvox

Creation Myth watercolor

 

 

 

WE:  What do you draw inspiration from?

KF: For my Celtic art, I love to soak up classic Celtic elements in works of art like the Book of Kells, and I have a number of artist friends who also do original Celtic art. Every one has a different style and focus, and I'm always awed and inspired when they share their latest pieces. There are also a TON of great painting and photography sites online, which jump start my right brain if I feel a little uninspired. And sometimes I just browse through some of the catalogs that find their way to our house - flipping through the pages is a great way to daydream! I also belong to a number of websites where people share their paintings, photography, block prints, etc., so I'm never at a loss for terrific art to inspire - don't you just love the internet?

 

Celtic Butterfly, Foxvox

Celtic Butterfly

 

Birthday box watercolor, foxvox

Birthday box watercolor

 

 

WE: Where are your favorite places to create art?

KF:
I do most of my art at home - either at my art table and/or on the computer. I hand draw the Celtic designs, then scan them into the computer and finish them digitally. I actually use triangles, rulers, compasses, protractors, and other technical equipment when setting up most of the Celtic pieces, as it requires a bit of planning and forethought, so I like to have all my equipment in one place. I do most of my photography when I'm out on a walk around the house, as we have some terrific vistas here. And lots of cool wildlife too!

 

Celtic Doorway, Foxvox

Celtic Doorway

 

Sunny sunflowers Watercolor, Foxvox

Sunny sunflowers watercolor

 

 

WE: What do you enjoy creating most?

KF: Whatever I happen to be in the middle of? Seriously though, if I had to choose a favorite, at the moment, it would be the Celtic art. The complexities are very challenging and very satisfying at the same time.

 

Celtic Puzzle Square, Foxvox

Celtic Puzzle Square

 

Color shards watercolor, Foxvox

Color shards watercolor

 

 

WE: How can readers find and purchase your art?

KF: My fine art prints (framed or unframed) of my Celtic art, as well as paintings and photography, are available via my gallery at Imagekind

I sell my Celtic and fine art designs (as well as other quirky stuff) on t-shirts, tile keepsake boxes, ornaments, greeting cards and many other neat products in my online shop: http://www.artoffoxvox.com

Also, I have a weblog where I post new art, daily happenings & photos, or anything that strikes my fancy: http://www.foxvox.org .

 

Celtic Tarot Squares, Foxvox

Celtic Tarot Squares

 

 

Celtic Letter G, Foxvox

Celtic Letter G

 

 

WE:  Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?

KF:
There's a lot of talk about what art is or isn't. I like thinking of art more as a verb than a noun or an end product. It's not so much what you're making, just that you ARE making it.

 

Celtic Trinity Knot, Foxvox

Celtic Trinity Knot

 

 

 

WE: Thanks so much, Kristen! Your work is extraordinary, and I loved hearing the story behind the art!

Again, to purchase any of Kristen's gorgeous art, please see: http://www.artoffoxvox.com

and at her Imagekind Gallery.

 

 

Atomic Blue Macro-photography, Foxvox

Atomic Blue (Macro-photography)

 

All photos courtesy and copyright of Kristen Fox.

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Comments (3)

  • judecowell

    11 years 1 week ago

    Amazing artwork and I love the many varieties of Kristen's work.

    Thanks for the heads-up and the great interview - I will be adding her blog link to some of my art-related blogs as well as linking to this interview.

    And it isn't just my Celtic heritage speaking! jude

  • Annette Piper

    11 years 1 week ago

    Stunning work! I would happily own any (or all!) of Kristen's creations! 

  • Sam Pounder

    11 years 1 week ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your art with the WE community.  I truly enjoyed it.

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