Kristina Boardman

Kristina was born in Lancashire, England and came to Canada amid Centennial celebrations in 1967. She spent several years in Alberta before settling in Victoria, where she competes for wall space with her husband, a photographer. She majored in painting and drawing while earning a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.

Kristina's paintings reflect her life on the West Coast. Infused with the colors and tones from the multitude of stones found along the beaches of our coast, the painting possibilities are endless. Her paintings present the subject matter found on many walks along the beach, yet are created from within rather than from a still life construction or photograph. The shadows between the stones evolve as she places the lines and tones upon the canvas. The process of painting mimics the reaction of sand and water on stones in nature as the stones settle into place during the creative process. In the finished painting, the eye travels along the crevices created by the shadows, just as water would flow around the stones on the beach.

Kristina's paintings were featured in the Shoal Point penthouse created by the award winning design group Kimberly Williams Interiors for the Victoria Parade of Homes. That same year she painted one of the 8 foot fibreglass creatures for Orcas in the City, and her orca Flint sold for $20,000 and was one of the top sellers of this fundraiser for the BC Lions Society. Kristina's limited edition prints adorn several Vancouver Island accommodations including the cabins at the Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, the Bayside Inn in Parksville, Miraloma on the Cove in Sidney, and the Beach Club in Parksville. She is pleased to be part of the Invitational Exhibition of the Nature of Island Artists which raises funds for the Habitat Acquisition Trust and for children's programs at Goldstream Park. Kristina completed a series of 14 feet of cascading stone and water paintings for the Market on Millstream in Victoria's Westshore. Beyond her local community, her work can be found in private collections across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.