Kristi Nelson is an artist from Houston, Texas, who graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelors in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History. She also taught art at Waller High School for five years before deciding to stay home with her little ones. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and her family and friends on the front lines were affected, Kristie felt a need to do something to show her support for what they were experiencing and risking.
Kristi explores the details of the eyes of her subjects by using colored pencils. She then ventures out into using pastel sticks along with heavy-bodied acrylic paint. She also mixes media in every piece depending on the feelings she is presented with during the artistic process.
“In addition to honoring a variety of front-line workers (not only healthcare professionals), my work is an examination of what COVID-19 patients see during their most frightening moments. It is an examination of the care and comfort that can transfer from one person’s eyes to another,” Kristie comments.