We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Booth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I have had amazing circumstances arise that I would have never predicted. I think limiting myself to one end goal would be self-sabatoging. I remain open to the opportunities presented to me, and I dive in. I work hard and persistence is the key – every time. My goal is to continue to evolve and grow. I hope to travel internationally, sharing my passion with others. I paint for myself – an extension of my heart, my emotions, life experiences, pain, joy, peace – a way of communicating a part of what we all experience. Those feelings that we simply cannot express with words. That’s is why I paint. The added bonus is being able to make a living through this process. My goal is to remain true to who I am. Continue to work with integrity and passion with the hope of making a positive impact on others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Unlike my first paintings and commissions, I am becoming more free with my process – less rigid. I lay down several subconscious strokes with a water soluble graphite or paint. From there I immerse myself into the organic movement. I look for interesting pockets or connections and bring in colors. Sometimes I can complete a painting in one night and others are like wrestling an alligator. No matter what, it’s me working through what’s happening in my life at the time. Looking back I can see a shift in what I painted two years ago versus what I am painting today. I’ve learned when to say no to a commission when it falls outside of what I want to create. It’s evolving and that exciting. I’m excited to see my work a decade from now. There is no way I can predict what that will look like, but I know it will be raw.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I need to find inspiration, I go to the outdoors. Dallas has really evolved over the years, and there are a few areas that I started visiting regularly. If you want a great view of the city to gain perspective, I enjoy walking near Trinity Groves. The bridges and the view of the city are incredible. Nature always keeps me grounded. Walking, biking or kayaking around White Rock Lake or near Turtle Creeks never disappoints. Oddly enough – you can find a flock of Parrots living around White Rock Lake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
About 10 years ago I was asked to paint my first large series of commissioned art. I remember being incredibly nervous and exposed. I wasn’t sure at the time whether I was “good enough” or whether I would be able to successfully complete the job on time. I’m stubborn, so I did my best to ignore those feelings. I completed a series of 6 large paintings in 4 weeks. I was working a day job at the time, so I burned the midnight oil. It went well, and they were happy with the results. From that moment on, I didn’t stop. It was a turning point for me. I knew this could grow into something bigger than myself.
Head-shot: Moyano Photography @moyanophotography