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A LITTE BIT ABOUT ME...

I’m a portrait artist and surface pattern designer based in Durham, North Carolina. I’ve spent much of my life drawing 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 abstract, with a bit of a retro feel. You can find my portraits on Etsy, and a selection of my designs on a variety of products on Spoonflower, Zazzle, and Society6. I also have patterns available for licensing.

 

I grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts and studied 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 tv, and playing with my dogs.

Want to stay in touch and up to date? Follow me on Instagram @kristyndors.design and @kristyndors. 

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I look forward to connecting with you!