Size: 6"W x 6"H x 0.13"D
Year Created: 2016
Sand dollars are plentiful along the beaches; however, finding an unbroken one is rare. As a child, we called them "mermaid coins." After all these years, I still get giddy when I find one.
Finding beauty in the ordinary is the guiding force behind Texas artist Kristine Kainer’s work. During her formative years in a military family, Kristine moved frequently along the Eastern Seaboard. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Art History and high hopes. Unfortunately, employment opportunities did not match her creative goals and, after much soul-searching and several uninspiring positions, she earned a Master's degree from George Mason University and pursued a teaching career in mathematics. It was during this time that she developed a passion for food and the rustic charm and simplicity of a bygone era. In 2003, Kristine, her husband, and their young daughter relocated from the Washington, DC area to rural Texas. It was an opportunity to experience a slower pace of life while living on the Kainer family farmstead in Schulenburg. Here, while working closely with the land, Kristine's creative spark was reignited in the form of painting. A self-taught artist, Kristine specializes in realistic depictions of everyday items. Nothing is considered insignificant. As a result, her works are in both public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. Kristine and her family currently reside in both Georgetown (near Austin) and Schulenburg where they enjoy the urban, suburban, and rural lifestyles of Texas.