Kerstin Glaess is an oil painter based in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
Kerstin was born in 1992 at Whiteman AFB outside of Knob Knoster, Missouri. Growing up a military child, she traveled around the world until her parents settled along the beautiful Emerald Coast in Niceville, FL. As an adult her lifestyle is similarly nomadic, and her global experiences influence her everyday. To date she has lived in two continents, two countries, six states, and one U.S. territory.
Kerstin's life has centered around creativity starting from a young age - some of her earliest memories are drawing 'tea-party' portraits in composition journals. Her mother taught her to draw, sew, and paint, and encouraged her to ferociously explore the arts. Kerstin experimented with different mediums in her formative years including pottery, watercolor, color pencil, acrylic, embroidery, and oil.
While pursuing her bachelors, Kerstin rediscovered traditional oil-painting as a creative outlet (in 2008 she studied under portrait oil painter Sue Carol Knight), and in grad school began developing a style using palette knives pulling inspiration from alla prima impressionists. She has two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts.
Kerstin's works capture fleeting moments in time. The colors are bold and energetic, the strokes highly textured, and the final products invite the viewer to examine their own personal emotions sparked by each piece. Mother-nature is her muse: her subjects and compositions concentrate around landscapes, waterscapes, flora, and fauna, from her childhood, her international adventures, and her current home.
Kerstin paints custom commissions, sells original pieces, and is a freelance art educator. Her original works have been exhibited at several galleries and art shows, and she has received numerous awards in student categories. Her art can be found in homes, and businesses across North America.