A colorful hello

Kristin Gibson’s vibrant paintings feel like a welcome hello. Canvasses that both brighten and warm the spaces they become a part of, inviting you to revisit again and again. You’ll find joy and glimpses of her process in the brushwork, take in the layers of juicy color, and follow a painterly perspective that’s all her own.

Kristin Gibson who grew up picking flowers and bike riding in the salt air of the northeast, remembers seeing Matisse at MOMA and carving a linoleum print of a box turtle, before venturing southeast to art school, meeting her future husband, a graphic designer, first day of drawing class.

Kristin’s career began in NC textile mills designing repeat patterns and developing color stories for yards and yards of floral fabrics printed before her eyes. This led to painting on the dining room table in Carolina Beach, while immersing herself in the Wilmington, NC art community, all as her two creative kids were growing and coloring alongside.

By sharing colorful canvasses and scarves under festival tents, Kristin fostered collectors and gallery relationships that for 20 years since, have represented and shown her contemporary, fully developed work. Enjoy visits to these fine art galleries, always happy to share new work coming out of the studio with you.

These days Kristin paints full time at Golden Belt in a Durham, NC studio that serendipitously was once a textile mill, still picking and painting flowers, and all subjects that grow fresh with the seasons of daily life. 

Orchid Series at City Art Gallery    “I find myself endlessly fascinated by the notion and fun of capturing color from jars of paint with big brushes. Compositions both large and small, begin as drawings with my paintbrush. These first lively lines in a layer of fresh paint direct a process of color into color, shape into form. Delights of painting in alla-prima technique show up in finding new ways to make color sing and seeing something across the room, or from memory, that balances the still life right in the moment. Quite simply, I paint the way I cook, instinctively experimenting beyond the recipe. And speaking of recipes, dark chocolate, green tea, and walking in nature counters the twists and turns life brings, and replenishes the color and zest of my brush. Truly each new painting sparks a love of the process, stirring up something from within myself that finds its way to the canvas.”     — Kristin Gibson

Orchid Series at City Art Gallery

“I find myself endlessly fascinated by the notion and fun of capturing color from jars of paint with big brushes. Compositions both large and small, begin as drawings with my paintbrush. These first lively lines in a layer of fresh paint direct a process of color into color, shape into form. Delights of painting in alla-prima technique show up in finding new ways to make color sing and seeing something across the room, or from memory, that balances the still life right in the moment. Quite simply, I paint the way I cook, instinctively experimenting beyond the recipe. And speaking of recipes, dark chocolate, green tea, and walking in nature counters the twists and turns life brings, and replenishes the color and zest of my brush. Truly each new painting sparks a love of the process, stirring up something from within myself that finds its way to the canvas.”
— Kristin Gibson