Abstract artist in Washington, DC area specializing in portraits.
Kristen Woollery always wanted to paint, but having grown up in a Caribbean household, she never put much energy into anything other than her academics. In 2010 that all changed. That was the year that she graduated with her Masters in Social Work, but still had this nagging sense that there was more for her to accomplish and explore. It was then that she decided to start painting and simply do the things that her heart was calling her to.
Since then Kristen has grown in her practice and now considers herself a self-taught artist who primarily paints portraits of black women. These portraits honor the women that raised her and the community that has loved her into her purpose. Kristen's work also pays homage to her Afro-Trinidadian roots and is additionally heavily influenced by her upbringing in Brooklyn, NY. The intersection of all of these aspects of her personhood has shaped not only the subject matter of her work, but also the bold and vibrant colors that she uses to express the strength, resilience and beauty present in the diaspora and her culture. Ultimately, Kristen paints as a form of therapy, joy and self-love and hopes that others feel that energy when they encounter her work.