Sunfish is a 36″ x 24″ original oil painting on canvas. Kristen had started this painting about 15 years ago and the colors were pastel blues and pinks. She picked it back up and repainted the entire canvas, keeping the fish the same shapes but changing their expressions, colors and adding the bubbles. Art is definitely a personal expression and reflects where an artist is in his or her life. As we mature, so do our creations. These sunfish have become stronger with more color and contrast and have lost their immature “softness.” Their eyes have become more expressive and reflect a sense of determination and show the spirit of surviving a life that has been challenging. Kristen’s growth as an artist is reflected in these changing creatures.
This piece is painted in blues, orange-golds, white and black. The two sunfish are painted in a style of Contemporary Realism or Modern Realism. An artist gets to take liberties with their art and the best pieces come from a combination of realism (familiarity) and pure imagination. “When I paint I get into a flow,” Kristen says, “My best work comes when I have stopped thinking and I am painting from pure ‘feeling,’ I believe it’s in these moments that I am the closest to God or my higher power or whatever you want to call that life force which connects all of us together. I don’t know where that direction of where to put that next brush stroke comes from but I know it comes from a higher energy or power. Art definitely brings me closer to God. Creating art for me is a spiritual experience. It keeps me in tune with my higher power.”
This original piece is being offered by Kristen Grunewald for purchase along with a limited number of 100 giclee signed and numbered prints.