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The Artist Diaries with Kristen Palana

Wednesday, November 15

12–1pm MST
2–3pm EST
7pm–8pm GMT
6am-7am AEDT (Thurday)

Mentors: Kristen Palana


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Looking Beyond the Canvas

Exploring the Creative Journey of Kristen Palana

Join Mastrius Founder Julie deBoer as she sits down for a captivating interview with this remarkable multidisciplinary artist, art consultant, and educator based in Malawi!

Kristen's diverse creative journey has traversed 6 continents, and her expertise extends to remote teaching in 4 different countries, along with impactful graphic design work for Non-for-Profits organizations.

Here’s what Kristen can help you with:

  • Finding the balance between art and life, especially if you started your art practice after a more "practical" path.
  • Navigating the challenges of being an artist and a parent, harmonizing both roles.
  • Living in distant parts of the world or aspiring to a location-independent artist lifestyle.

At Mastrius, Kristen is recognized for her invaluable guidance in artists' website management, mailing lists, social media, online business strategies, and overall online presence enhancement.

Don't miss out on this enriching dialogue that could spark new perspectives and growth in your artistic journey!
Save the date and join us for insights and inspiration!

BRING YOUR OWN QUESTIONS! Mastrius Mentors are here to help. Always LIVE & INTERACTIVE!

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🎙️ Event recording available at Mastrius YouTube Channel

Meet Kristen Palana

Mixed Media

I draw the world not as it is but how I wish it could be. I use symbols, icons, and patterns with cross-cultural significance combined with color psychology to help soothe, heal, and reinvigorate weary idealists. Inspired by the lofty mission statements and development goals used by the world’s top organizations, my images are a call to action to visualize better outcomes for our lives, communities, and the planet.

As an American/Portuguese digital artist and animator living in developing countries over the past seven years, my creative process has gradually been shaped by a lack of reliable internet connectivity and frequent power outages. Since 2021, I’ve reconnected with my fine art roots and now delight in making “slow art” off the grid that requires no electricity or glowing screens. Each mark placed in a drawing mimics the stitches that lovingly make up an elaborate quilt or the single frames that slowly add up to a few minutes of animation.

In my mixed media work, I layer colors, lines, and dots using fine-tipped ink and watercolor brush pens with dabs of acrylic and metallic paint on vellum or canvas. The drawing process is a form of meditation that enables me to tap into a higher level of consciousness and rich artistic traditions that are thousands of years old. I’m especially drawn to the intricate patterns and vibrant colors found in Asian and African traditional clothing, baskets, ceramics, and local handicrafts made from raw and natural materials. Western influences include stained-glass windows as well as the bold dark outlines and visual framing structures found in cartoons and graphic novels.

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Event Details

Date: November 15, 2023

Start time: 12:00 p.m. MST

End time: 01:00 p.m. MST

Venue: Online