Kristen DeFontes is a local printmaker from Schoharie, NY who sells her work on Etsy.com in her shop, kristende. Her shop features mostly prints on paper, but you will find she uses all sorts of mediums that include wood, marker, oil paint, graphite, and drawing ink. Kristen DeFontes found her niche in printmaking when she was in high school, where they printed linoleum and wood blocks and made monotypes. She then went on to college where she studied all of the different types of printmaking. She attended SUNY Purchase where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art and then attended Brooklyn College, where she holds a Master's degree in Art Education.
You may have seen some of her work at a show, because she does do solo and group exhibits throughout New York state. She also has work in private collections and has received an award. In 2008 she received 3rd Prize from the Ulster Savings Bank in Woodstock for a piece called 'River Wide #2, The River.'
"I am mostly inspired by nature, the body and what I see around my environment." -- Kristen DeFontes
Aside from printmaking, Kristen DeFontes likes to work with drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography. She recently started designing lamp shades, which she hopes to sell in another Etsy shop she plans on opening this year.
"The work that I create outside of printmaking often reflects my inner consciousness and abstract thought. It is part of my goal as an artist to produce work that engages and communicates with the viewer in an intimate, curious and direct way." -- Kristen DeFontes
All of her work is original and made by hand, however she does have some reproductions of her own work. Another goal of hers for 2012 is to restore an etching press she recently purchased, so she can use that to help create some of her work. She is using the proceeds from her sold art pieces as a way to pay for the restoration. She is also in the process of setting up her studio at her home in Schoharie.
When not working, Kristen likes to spend time with her husband and daughter in their circa 1909 home where she also enjoys crocheting and sewing. Her husband, Michael Wells, is a sculptor and bronze caster who shows and sells his work, as well.
You can see a few samples of Kristen's work in the slideshow at the top left of this article, too.
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