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I’m a portrait artist and surface pattern designer based in Durham, North Carolina. I’ve drawn faces as far back as I can remember and have continued this lifelong passion while working in a variety of fields.


I spent the last decade as a surface designer for equestrian apparel — embellishing show clothing with rhinestones — and this has greatly informed my work as a designer. I’ve always been interested in interior design, textiles, and patterns in general, and discovered surface pattern design was a natural extension of my equestrian design work. 

While my portraits tend to exude a quiet melancholy, my pattern designs are bold, modern and playful. You can find my portraits in my online shop, and a selection of my designs on a variety of products on Spoonflower and Zazzle. I also have patterns available for licensing.


I grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts and earned a BFA in Painting at Boston University. In 2002, I moved to Los Angeles, where I found myself influenced by the abundance of street art and murals, and of course the city's vibrant creative energy. In 2020 I moved to beautiful Durham, North Carolina, where I live with my husband, John, and our two dogs, Georgia and Penny.


When I’m not making art, you can find me browsing estate sales, refinishing old furniture, reading all kinds of books, doing puzzles, watching what most would consider too much television, and playing with my dogs.

Want to stay in touch and up to date? Sign up for my newsletter! You can find my latest work by following me on Instagram and @kristyndors

Are you a business interested in licensing or collaborating? Please fill out my contact form.

I look forward to connecting with you!

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