Kristine Ballard is an artist, designer and teacher who has consistently managed to place creative practices at the centre of all her professions. Since she was old enough to hold a pencil, Kristine has dedicated herself to the art making and now, five years into a full time art career, finds herself amidst a semi-abstract aesthetic style she has labelled ‘Fragmatism’. This is defined by a strong use of colour and imagery that floats and dissolves in fragments across the picture plane. The focus of her subject matter is still life and landscapes.
Kristine first workshops her ideas as sketches in her garden studio before she begins applying watercolour and ink to paper. Whilst her final colour palette is restricted to a finite number of complimentary colours, Kristine experiments extensively with hues and tones before deciding on her final composition. She uses both oil and acrylic paints depending on her surroundings and how indulgent she wants to be with colour.
When she isn’t painting, Kristine takes on some contract work as a graphic designer and also teaches art to students. She also facilitates an art-mentoring program designed to assist with creative development for high school students before they begin their HSC studies.
Kristine has completed art residencies in New York, France, Venice and Australia’s oldest art colony in Victoria, Monsalvat.