Through a diverse body of work spanning different themes and styles, Kerstin Glaess explores color, physical formations, and living creatures. Her oil paintings demonstrate a captivation with abstractions of flora, fauna, and landscapes. Similar to impressionists, Glaess utilizes colors that are bold, dramatized, and energetic, while her paint strokes are highly textured and 3D-like. She uses alla prima techniques to apply layers of raw color with a palette knife, often leaving them untouched for the remainder of the painting process. Glaess's recent work examines movement and light along coastlines.
Kerstin Glaess was born on Whiteman AFB outside of Knob Knoster, Missouri during an early October snowstorm. Growing up a military child, she traveled around the world in her youth until her parents settled along the beautiful Emerald Coast in Niceville, FL. Her lifestyle is still similarly nomadic, and her global experiences influence her art practice. Her wanderlust has urged her onwards to globe trot and experience over 30 US states and 12 countries. .
Kerstin's life centered around creativity starting from a young age; her earliest memories are drawing tea-party stuffed animal portraits in composition notebooks. Her mother taught her to draw, sew, and paint, and encouraged her to ferociously explore the arts. In her free time, Kerstin experimented with different mediums in her formative years including pottery, sculpture, watercolor, color pencil, acrylic, embroidery, claymation videography, and ink.
From 2007-2008 Kerstin studied oil painting using Old Masters Techniques in Destin, Florida. After a four year hiatus, Kerstin revisited oil painting using it as a self-care creative outlet during her undergraduate years. On the weekends, she painted pet portraits, florals, and Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity themed works. While pursuing her Masters degree, Kerstin furthered her oil painting portfolio by developing a style using palette knives pulling inspiration from alla prima impressionists. Her contemporary compositions feature abstractions of nature, animals, architecture, and slice of life moments. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Fine Arts from City University New York - Brooklyn College .