Kristin Richland - Sweet Enemy Art
Kristin Richland creates paintings and drawings of animals both whimsical and dark. Blending natural observations and imaginary attributes, expressive marks and tight details, her artwork evokes half-remembered dreams and untold stories.
She received her B.F.A. in Painting from the Maine College of Art, where she fell in love with experimental drawing techniques, printmaking and sculpture, bringing them all into her creative output. Upon returning to Vermont in 2000, she gained a following as a picture framer and workshop instructor. She has since traded in the picture framing to work her other passion as a bookseller. Surrounded by books in the day and settled into the studio at night.
I paint animals that possess characteristics of fragility and strength. Creatures who have appeared in oral traditions around the world for thousands of years, relatable yet always wild. When painting, acrylic is my go-to medium (followed by watercolor and gouache) allowing me to push and pull, scrape and build and so create a sense of history.