Portfolio > Extant Birds

Falling Eminence (Sandhill Crane)
Watercolor on paper adhred to canvas
24" x 36"
2016
$2000
Northern Flicker woodpecker bird art painting
Watercolor on paper adhred to canvas
12" x 12"
2016
$525
Piping Plover birds art painting watercolor
Watercolor on Fabriano cold-pressed paper
24" x 18"
2016
American Robin, perched
Watercolor on paper
2013
White-Breasted Nuthatch with White
Watercolor on paper
2011
Bonaparte's Gull in flight (first-cycle)
Watercolor on paper
12" X 17"
2015
Slaty-backed Gull (adult) standing profile
Watercolor on paper
18" X 11"
2015
Sacrificed
(Whooping Crane)
Watercolor on paper adhered to canvas
3 panels of 30 X 60
2013
Black-Capped Chickadee on White
Watercolor on paper
2011
Mountain Bluebird art watercolor bird painting
Watercolor on Fabriano paper
8 X 10 inches
2015
Cedar Waxwing on White
Watercolor on paper
2011
Golden-Crowned Kinglet on White
Watercolor on paper
2011
White-Throated Sparrow with White
Watercolor on paper
2011
Night Sentry (Great Blue Heron)
Watercolor on paper
2013
Tufted Titmouse with White
Watercolor on paper
2011
Red-Bellied Woodpeckers with White
Watercolor on paper
2012
Gray Catbird with White
Watercolor on paper
20 X 15"
2012
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female) on Purple Leaf Plum
Watercolor on paper
5 X 7 inches
2012
Ring-Billed Gull, seagull
Watercolor on paper
2012
luzon bleeding heart dove bird
Watercolor on paper
8.5 X 11"
2012
Song Sparrow study
watercolor on paper
6 X 6 in
2013
Cedar Waxwing study
watercolor on paper
6 X 6 in
2013
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird study
Watercolor on paper
6 X 6 in
2013
Head Pattern study of a White-Throated Sparrow
Watercolor on paper
8 X 10 in
2013

Kristina is a watercolorist depicting primarily avifauna and is best known for her portfolio of extinct bird species. The natural world is her inspiration, drawing from the existing beauty of our environment. As an avid birder, Kristina prefers to work from life and spends most of her time sketching and researching species in the field. In working with extinct species, she visits the Bird Collections of the Field Museum and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to study from skins. She enjoys using observation, anatomical references, and specimens to examine these species with an acute attention to detail. By exploring these birds in both life and in death, she hopes to bring a remembrance and sense of dignity to these lost species.

All works are watercolor on paper. A planned composition is drawn first, followed carefully by several layers of transparent paint. The extant, or existing, bird paintings are usually more illustrational, creating an optimum version of the species similar to that of a field guide. These are made as a formal study of the bird and keeping the background minimal. The extinct species, on the other hand, have a more uninhibited approach. Backgrounds are intentionally loose and ambiguous, contrasting representation with abstraction. Inevitably, these paintings are designed to express strong anecdotal value and often play on the history of the bird and it’s relationship with mankind.

Since graduating Valedictorian from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 2012, Kristina has participated in numerous shows in Chicago and surrounding states, including Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art, Apocalypse 2012: Genesis 2013, and Facing Extinction. Her most recent solo show was at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Dreams of Martha, in conjunction with the 100th year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.