Friday, December 2md, 2016
Kirsten Carruth is an Artist located in Campton NH. Kirsten has been commissioned to paint murals in private homes and business throughout the state. Her work also includes logo design and sign creation. Some examples may be seen at the Bunyan room, at Loon Mountain, Lago Restaurant in Meredith NH, The Airport Diner in Manchester, Fosters Boiler Room, in Plymouth NH, The Dickey Center, at Dartmouth College, Walters Basin, in Holderness, and the Common Man Merrimack.
Her focus includes landscape painting inspired by countless hours spent hiking in and around the White Mts. Most of her landscapes begin on a deep black canvas. Then, building form with rich color, allowing the darkness to create deep shadows and contrast. This gives the work an almost woodblock print quality, with strong angles, and thick lines.
Lately, she has taken to rediscovering the artist illustrations of well-known old fairy tales and folklore. She re-works the images and incorporates the story on to reclaimed wooden doors and panels. Although these pieces are child centered, she finds that they have more of an adult connection. This may be because the stories remind us of the memories of our own childhood, or that images used for the inspirations for the pieces come before a time these stories where softened and “Disney-fied” , and still retain their dark undertones and underlying lessons and values that parents tried to instill. The works are one of a kind, and have been painted with everyday household latex paint, and distressed using a stain rub.