Crista is a full-time self-taught wildlife artist, having always loved to draw, color, and paint animals from a very early age. She's always cared deeply about animals, both domestic and wild. A life-long member of such organizations as the National Wildlife Federation, protection of our environment, and the preservation of endangered species, has always been a concern to her. It's only natural then, that Crista is drawn to animals and nature for her art subjects.
As well has having sold many of her original paintings to happy collectors, many of Crista's artwork images have also been successfully published as fine art prints and licensed on various products. She's also illustrated three children's books about wildlife.
While beauty alone is a compelling reason to paint wildlife, Crista also tries to capture the playful, cute, affectionate, or curious nature of the animals she paints. It helps connect the viewer to the subject when they get a sense of the animal's personality and can relate to its emotions and behaviors. By creating an emotional connection for the viewer Crista hopes her artwork will create concern and compassion for our natural world and its wild inhabitants, and help stimulate conservation efforts.