Kristen McClarty is a self-taught artist working out of her studio in Kommetjie.
Kristen grew up in Zululand and started painting before she started school, initially in watercolour and then oil. She took art as a subject for matric, frustrating her art teacher with her persistent use of autonomous colour – applied to convey the mood or feeling of the subject rather than just represent what others saw as the real colour.
Kristen studied commerce and law and practised tax law for many years, working in large professional service firms. She left the corporate world a number of years ago to concentrate on her art.
Kristen paints Cape scenes in acrylic, enjoying its short drying time, while still having the body of oil if used with appropriate gel mediums. She brings her background and her approach to life to the canvas. She has recently started combining charcoal and other mediums with acrylic.
Kristen started printmaking in early 2016, printing out of the Pangolin Press studio at Montebello Design Centre and more recently out of a private studio in Fish Hoek. She concentrates on linocut (single block, multiple block and reduction linocut) and drypoint intaglio, with traditional techniques such as chine-collé. As with her paintings, Kristen works from her surroundings in the Cape.
Kristen has exhibited in a number of Cape galleries including G2 Art, The Cape Gallery, Kalk Bay Modern, Red Gallery, Hout Bay Gallery, Gallery at Grand Provence, Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery, Chameleon Gallery (Kalk Bay), Art@Constantia (Groot Constantia) and The Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch.