Kristen Stephen was born in Amherst, New York, and moved to Canada when she was six years old. Kristen spent her teenage years in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she developed her interest in the arts working in her mother’s gallery. During her time at the gallery she met many Canadian artists and developed an appreciation for a diverse spectrum of techniques and artistic perspectives.
After pursuing an Arts and Culture degree at Brock University Kristen moved to Toronto where she attended Ontario College of Art and Design University, majoring in painting.
Kristen's artistic focus is abstract painting. She believes in responding intuitively to the materials she works with to create work that represents what she finds beautiful. Kristen creates art intended to be a reprieve from the darkness and negativity in society, transporting viewers to a place of ease through colour planes of glitter and softness.
She lives in Cabbagetown with her two energetic children, and two playful dogs.