Our Meet the Maker series is back! This time we’re featuring Krina Pressley, who creates gold and silver accented abstract works of art for your home. Her pieces exemplify her eye for color and her attention to detail.
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I am a local abstract artist, creating works using bold acrylic paints mixed with pops of gold and silver leaf.
Tell us about your business/craft.
Through the use of bold acrylic paint colors mixed with gold and silver leaf, I am able to create a special piece that truly completes a room! The bulk of my work is commissioned pieces. My clients tell me their color preferences, size, and send me pictures of the room in their home where they want my art. Based on this information, I provide my clients with 2-3 customized swatches. Once my client picks their favorite, I use the colors in their selected swatch to create their actual piece.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
Through the exploration of different mediums, I was able to find my own art style. I am also currently a full-time elementary school teacher. I have many inspirations for my art. It is filled with joyful colors inspired by the wonderful moments I share with my family, friends, and students! Additionally, the bold, rich, beautiful colors of my Indian culture drive many of the palettes I use in my work. Through the use of these bold colors mixed with gold and silver leaf, I am able to create a special piece that truly completes a room! Because I have found so much happiness by creating unique pieces for my own home, it is my passion to make others happy with my art. I hope to bring happiness into others’ homes by creating custom pieces for clients! The positive feedback I receive from clients, family, and friends continues to drive my love for painting and creating new art.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
I am currently a full-time 5th grade ELA teacher. I embody a passion for working with kids and promoting their success! Aside from work, I love spending time with my husband, Justin, and two dogs. When I am not teaching or painting, I love to spend time with my little family. We love going on long walks and playing in the backyard with Vesper and Mowgli.
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
At times, in the midst of trying to complete a piece, I feel like the piece is not going anywhere. This feeling of defeat is the most frustrating part of my creative process.
How do you overcome that challenge?
I have learned to overcome this challenge by continuing to work on “that” difficult piece. To me, abstract art is designed to make you feel various emotions. At the beginning of each piece, I feel excited or intrigued to try something new, then as my paint hits the canvas more and more, the excitement I initially felt starts turning into nerves or doubt, which later turns into a feeling of defeat or frustration. However, I have learned this feeling of defeat doesn’t last very long. When I sense myself starting to feel this way with my art, I walk away for a few hours and come back to it feeling refreshed. As my brush hits the canvas for round two, I quickly learn that I was trying to fix something that didn’t need fixing to begin with. I continue with the painting process and end each piece with a feeling of accomplishment and joy.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter’s tool you couldn’t live without?
My absolute favorite tool is the gold leaf I use in my artwork. I truly believe the gold leaf provides a necessary finish and elegance that ties all the colors in my work together. Not only do I blend it into my artwork, but I also use it to create a signature gold frame around each piece, which makes it ready to hang with elegance!
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
The piece I am most proud of is my first piece. Though my first piece was a very novice piece, I still value that one the most. When I initially started to paint, I had never taken a formal art course. Abstract art was always something I was intrigued by, but I never felt confident in my abilities to blend colors. It was a huge risk for me to randomly try making an abstract piece myself. Despite these insecurities with my abilities, I started to explore my artistic side by picking up a paintbrush, dipping it in some acrylic paint, and spreading it on a canvas. Though my first piece is not my best work, I will never forget the level of joy I felt as I created it. Completing my first piece gave me the confidence to continue exploring and working to perfect my craft.