About Kristin


Here is where one usually puts information such as where they were born and where they went to school, what their first job was and their biggest influences. Let’s get that part over with. Outside of Washington DC; St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and York College of PA; stocking beer and mopping floors at a gas station convenience store (which did not last long as they were called out by the state for employing a 14 year old to stock beer); and last but not least, everything in my life.
There, that’s done. I’m an artist. I paint. I draw. I make strange collage pieces out of, well, anything. I am happy when someone likes my work, but not devastated when they do not. I do not like telling people what I see in my work, I would rather hear what they see as art changes with each fresh set of eyes. I believe in myself, my family and friends, my Goddess and God, geekdom, that words and language are powerful and should not be trifled with, and the permeating importance of aesthetics. I believe in the philosophy behind Whole Art (go to www.kristinhynd.com for a better explanation of that).
Sometimes, my art is a form of ritual and meditation. Other times it begins as a random doodle on a napkin at the bar during Karaoke Night. To me, the resulting work is usually of equal validity. I have zero formal training. Zilch. Nada. Nusquam. I learn best through experimentation and, frequently, HUGE mistakes. Of course, if someone offered to let me take a bunch of classes for free I would probably take them up on it (any takers? Hello? No? I didn’t think it likely. Damn.).


English, Greek, Latin

Areas of Expertise

Subsudized Housing, Artist

An idea worth spreading

Whole Art

Whole Art is a philosophy that believes and proposes that life and art are impossible to divide from one another. Art is neither stagnant or lifeless, but survives on its own without requiring a specific or concrete form. It can be seen, smelt, heard, tasted and felt in all aspects of life and living. Life and art are symbiotic - it is impossible for one to exist without the other. Whole Art goes beyond an appreciation for the aesthetic and raises art to a celebration of living. There are no limitations in art. Art is not concerned with age or gender, race, religion or labels that are commonly used to categorize and identify people in this world. Whole Art believes in making art a part of the entirety of life. Whole Art takes the painting off the wall above the living room sofa and brings it to the forefront of everything. The primary goal of the "Whole Art Revolution" is to change the way that every individual person thinks about art and its purpose.

I'm passionate about

Art, creativity, family, expression, love, compassion and self empowerment.

Talk to me about

I don't think I would like to tell people what they should talk to me about. I will always try to participate in discussion about anything - even if my participation is only asking questions

Comments & conversations

Kristin Hynd
Posted over 1 year ago
How did you do a lot with the little that you used?
Conservation for me is an integral part of my lifestyle, and I have been doing it for so long that it is an ingrained habit. I flip over pieces of paper and scratch notes on the back, use the edges of newspaper or junk mail to scribble down phone numbers and, recently, do as much on my tablet that I can without the use of actual paper (grocery lists, appointment calendars, contact information, notes from meetings at work etc. . .). I am even careful to only use as much toilet paper as I actually need to use to get the job done! When I cook I use as much of everything as possible - vegetable peelings, fatty trimmings and bones get turned into broth to use in the future - broth freezes beautifully in zipper bags laid flat. If vegetables show signs of going bad, I am quick to chop them up and freeze them as they are easy additions to a variety of meals. Between recycling and using as much of my food as I possibly can, the amount of garbage that my household produces has been dramatically reduced. I own very few pieces of clothing or pairs of shoes that did not come from a second hand shop. Also many of my family's household goods, cd's, books, toys and games entered our lives through Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Even the telescope that we use frequently to stargaze from our porch. Once we decide we no longer need something, if it is still useable, it goes right back to Goodwill or another organization so that it can serve again. Clothing that is not fit to be used often finds new life in various art projects. I have taken to recycling old artist's canvas frames and stretching old jeans over them to make a unique surface to create upon. Conservation, upcycling and recycling are very connected. It is one of my dreams that someday using everything to the fullest extent possible will again become a common practice.