In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Kirsten Davis is a British artist known for her floral, colourful, and peaceful acrylic paintings. Her artwork is influenced by the environment, light, and colour. When Kirsten is not painting, she enjoys reading, yoga, and drinking tea. A personal motto that Kirsten lives by is that “growth is a process; appreciate each little step, and your moment will come”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“Once I heard about all the work ATAS plans to do through art, it was something I couldn’t wait to be a part of”
What is your creative process?
Kirsten: It starts with inspiration, whether that be from a photo, a walk, a sketch – I find it and a spark begins. I experiment with colours and forms on paper, some of it works and some of it doesn’t. Then I move to canvas, and express everything I learnt from the experiments. It takes time, patience, but the result is worth it.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Kirsten: I have a painting that I created in my third year at university which sparked a whole new process for me. I painted a dark background (as close to black as I could get without using black) and then took a smaller brush and loosely created these flowers that appeared so delicate, floating around in space. This began the process that I still use today. I like to think of it as a happy accident, as I didn’t really know what I was doing at the time but it turned into something beautiful.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Kirsten: Iceland; such gorgeous, breath-taking landscapes. I’ve wanted to go since getting into geography at A-Level. Or Disneyland… (I’ve never been okay!)
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Kirsten: I always wish I’d seen the “Weather Project” at the Tate Modern by Olafur Eliasson. Unfortunately I was 5 at the time and didn’t know anything about it! The images I’ve seen of the giant sun in the Turbine Hall look absolutely crazy.
What do you listen to while you work?
Kirsten: I prefer chill playlists whilst painting, Lo-Fi Beats is one of my fav Spotify playlists.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Kirsten: I love the idea that art can really help people, and once I heard about all the work ATAS plans to do through art, it was something I couldn’t wait to be a part of.