Kristan Skinner, known in the arts community as Kristan Five, has a body of work stretching back nearly 20 years. Most recently, she has created a wide-ranging portfolio of commissioned pieces for a local Fortune 500 client. She has also completed a number of residential commissions for private homes throughout North Carolina and the east coast. In addition, her paintings are included in numerous private collections.
Kristan Five summarizes her abstract, color-based work – heavily influenced by time spent with an international environmental design firm as well as travels throughout northern Europe – as follows: “In theory, my work is inspired by our earth's landscape. Globally, much of nature shares the intrinsic beauty of organic lines, textures and color with the human contribution of synthetic elements.”
Kristan’s creativity surfaced early, so with tremendous support from her parents her childhood was saturated with art. After years of intense preparation Kristan was awarded the scholastics portfolio scholarship, which enabled her to attend art school.
After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1995 Kristan immediately started working at an international design firm. These were the formative years of Kristan’s painting method and style. Inspired by creative people, new experience and travel she continued to paint, though her career in commercial design was demanding. She also continued to sell her work, somewhat randomly, to both private and corporate collectors.
In 1999 Kristan moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she started her own design company. While focused on creating commercial design work, the demand for her artwork remained steady. In 2005 Wachovia Corporation and Little Architecture approached Kristan with a RFP involving 12 large-scale paintings for a new corporate office in uptown charlotte. One of the paintings was 12 feet wide and 7 feet tall. Upon completion of that project in 2007 they commissioned a second project of 3 large-scale paintings for Wachovia Securities’ new private client group.
In 2005 Kristan’s art career enabled her to wean away from the commercial design business. In 2008 she and her family moved to Youngsville, North Carolina where she continues to paint full time in her home studio. Late in 2008 Wachovia Corporation hosted a solo exhibition of Kristan’s unsolicited paintings in Gallery Three. Local curator, Jennifer Kincaid, discovered the exhibit and offered to host a second solo exhibition at Morrison Arts Initiative Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2009 SAS discovered Kristan’s work in a local exhibition in Raleigh, NC. They immediately purchased 4 pieces. In august of 2010, Kristan’s work was exhibited in a 2 person exhibition by the Raleigh Arts Commission in the Miriam Block Gallery which caught the attention of Raleigh’s city manager, J Russell Allen. He and his wife are now listed among Kristan’s valued patrons.
Early in 2011, the publicly traded, Texas based, company, HMS commissioned kristan to create a large scale piece of art for their executive suite to support their corporate brand image. Kristan’s piece “last resort” was also recently selected by juror Linda Johnson Dougherty, chief curator of The NC Museum of Art for exhibition at the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala. At the Gala collector Reid Overcash purchased the work which broke the record for largest work ever sold at the Northridge Gala. Most recently, SAS approached Kristan with interest in one of her recent works. They requested that she paint 2 additional pieces to create a large scale triptych that would serve as a focal piece for their new conference center’s cafeteria.