Through a diverse body of work spanning different mediums, themes, and styles, I explore color, the physical world, creatures, and the shared human experience. My works demonstrate a captivation with flora, fauna, and scenery, while testing the boundaries of abstraction. I utilize striking expressive color schemes in my paintings, while my impasto sculpted-and-carved oil paintings offer illusions of depth. I apply just-mixed color with a palette knife, often leaving it untouched for the remainder of the creation process. My recent work explores blue and green spaces, and refractions of light.
Kerstin Glaess is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in oil, collage, and photography. Her paintings are based on her own images from her worldwide military child adventures; flora, fauna, & landscapes from her various homes (two continents, two countries, nine states, one U.S. Territory, and counting!); and her personal nature collection. Her collages and drawings focus on the shared human experience teasing the borders between dreamscapes and reality.
Kerstin's childhood and young adulthood centered around creativity, though she did not look at her art practice beyond a self-care outlet until her university years. While there, as a side hustle, she sold originals and commissioned works to friends, colleagues, and on Etsy, while exploring her own creative interests on the weekends. She taught middle and high school before pursuing higher education for herself.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Arts from the City University of New York - Brooklyn College. She is currently a MA in Art Education Candidate. She lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle between the Emerald Coast in the Florida Panhandle and the Crossroads of America in the Midwest with her partner and cat.