“The Spirit of Resilience” exhibition in Fall of 2020 sponsored by The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS
This award is for a work of art, in any medium and style, that most powerfully conveys the importance of protecting and saving wildlife and wild places.
The ForMotherNature.com Special Recognition Award is presented to Kristen Eisenbraun for her painting 'The Tree of Life'.
"Kristen's painting 'The Tree of Life' reminds us that we are a part of nature, not separate from it. We are all in this together. We are resilient. With that understanding we may have a chance to save the wildlife and wild places that remain."
– Award presenter Cathy Berman, Founder of ForMotherNature.com
People as part of nature as painted in oil by Kristen Eisenbraun.
Kristen reminds us that humanity is a part of nature. Visit Kristen's website to learn more about her and her paintings.
My interview with Kristen:
FMN: Tell me about your artistic process.
I find inspiration all around me when I am climbing a mountain or observing people in the park. Usually the idea for a painting begins with something small, an unusual tree or a person who breaks away from the mold. Once I have a clear image I begin to sketch it on paper. I develop a detailed drawing and then transfer it to canvas. Even once I have begun painting the drawing process is never done. Sometimes the painting will be near completion and I decide to completely relocate one of the objects. Keeping an open mind to my work and remaining flexible is what creates a great painting, one in which the people and environment interact in meaningful ways.
FMN: Tell me about your use of people in your landscape paintings.
Placing a human figure that other people can relate to in the landscape, helps the viewer to connect to the natural world that I've portrayed in the painting. I also love the magical allure of combining our own incredible anatomy with the countless and beautiful phenomenons seen in mother nature. Really, we are one with our environment. I work to show how we can become reacquainted with a balance wherein humans thrive alongside plants, stones, animals, water, wind - all the peacefully aligned elements of earth. My paintings seek human:ecologic harmony.
FMN: Why have you chosen to work with oil paint? And how do you choose between linen and canvas?
As a young artist I always painted with acrylic or watercolor and then when I was 16 a neighbor gave me a set of his old oil paints, it was love at first brushstroke! I believe the oil paint can be slightly more challenging to manipulate but it also brings an element of life to the paint that no other material can replicate. It adds texture and hues that are subtle, sublime, serene. They talk to us in the painting. It is the oils that gave the great masters of old the tools to combine light, color, and emotion into harmonic scenes that really do indicate a balanced humanity in nature.
Painting on canvas has many benefits, it is easy to use and affordable, but the weave of the canvas is very regular and geometric, whereas fine portrait linen has an irregular weave and often a smoother surface. The uneven weave has a much more natural look when it shows through the paint. Nature is somewhat random and surprising. When I paint a scene on the regular, geometric surface, it may not align with the vivid imagination of nature. On linen, I can develop as many surprises as nature would share in her own realm.
FMN: How do you hope to affect viewers of your artwork?
Today our society has become very separated from the land that sustains us. Each one of my paintings is designed to help the viewer find that lost connection between themselves and a piece of nature. I hope that the viewer of my work is encouraged to take a moment to step outside and find a small piece of the magic that is everywhere in the natural world. Go ahead, climb into one of my paintings. I think it will carry you onward to a new relationship with your earth and home.