We are pleased to feature a new work “What’s Underneath” by New York artist Kristie Koll. This beautiful work started with hope, moved in a new direction and found a surprising way to come full circle. The art and her process tell a lovely story about persistence and being open to change.


What’s Underneath
Acrylic and tracing paper on canvas
30″ x 48″

” ‘Hope does not disappoint’ from Romans 5:5 is where this painting began and is hidden in the early layers. This passage contains a promise that I continually need reminding of. As I worked on the painting, it moved away from the original direction and was gessoed over and started anew. Still some of the earlier work showed through. The layers with tracing paper and blue acrylic was highly intuitive and straight from my soul or center.

“What I found most interesting is this piece had the most conscious scripture and focused prayer and was the work 90% of people engaged with in a recent open studio event. They stepped into it as if they could see the hope through the layers of tracing paper and gesso.”
-Kristie Koll





Romans 5:5
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Seeing Ms. Koll’s beautiful work reminds us that the Bible can surprise us in unlikely ways. It’s possible to be inspired by the Bible to start a new work and then find yourself moving in a completely new direction. What’s underneath can influence what floats to the surface.

Visit www.KristieKoll.com to learn more about adventures that take her from Legos to acrylics and back, San Francisco to Siberia and now Long Island City where she never loses hope.




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