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  • Jessica Kartalija

Exploring the Captivating Artistry of Kristen Tirney: Where Fashion Meets the Canvas

Contemporary artists possess an extraordinary ability to highlight the essence of beauty in their creations. One such artist is Kristen Tirney, whose artwork vividly reflects her admiration for the world of high fashion. With a keen eye for detail and an innate understanding of the intricate design elements curated by the industry’s top designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Hermes, Tirney translates the magic of fashion onto her canvas, leaving viewers captivated.

Tirney's artwork graces the walls of celebrity homes, including actress and writer Mindy Kaling. What sets Tirney apart, is her unique approach to creating art, as she achieves all of this without ever picking up a paintbrush. Her innovative Impasto technique brings her artistic visions to life using tools found around her home. This unconventional method showcases Tirney's ability to adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of artistic expression.

“I’m in my husband's tool chest, I’m in the kitchen, I’m pulling from my daughter's room which she doesn’t like,” says Tirney. This impasto technique applies thick layers of paint to create a heavy texture that makes brush strokes and knife strokes more visible.”

“I love when people look at my art, and they say it's beautiful, but they need to study it more and are really caught off guard really examining its texture and detail,” she says.

The former teacher started painting seven years ago. Now, her artwork is available at Serena and Lily, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorfs. Often, her pieces are sold as soon as she posts them on social media—before they ever hang on a wall!

“It's really wonderful. I have some amazing followers who just are excited for my work, and they do. They snatch it up before it even comes out, which is really incredible!”

Tirney tells me she has a hard time “finishing” a piece. “It's very stressful for me. Yes, I have a very hard time being done from a painting or walking away. I probably thought I was done with this 3 or 4 times before I actually was, but I also get really excited about paintings, and I’ve learned to be more patient about my work.”

Tirney is running her business on her own, painting, photographing, and sharing her work on social media.

“It’s really grown, and it is kind of overwhelming sometimes at where it is and who’s interested in it and very humbling,” she says, “but I’ve had a lot of support even though this has been 100 percent me, and that’s been a lot because I think people forget that. They think you’re just painting, and that’s it, and you’re done. And building a business is so much more than that.”

Tirney says her goal is now to collaborate with a major fashion house.

“I think that’s probably one of my very big next goals would be to collaborate with a fashion designer, and I dream of creating a backdrop for a runway show,” she says, ”I mean, that’s my dream, and I say dream big!”

To view her website and Instagram, click the links below!


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