Krista Townsend

  • Selected Works


    Wildflower Meadow With Horizon, 2018. Oil on canvas, 48 x 60″

    Hiding Places, 2018. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36″

    Moss on Rocks, 2019. Oil on paper, 11 x 14″

    Blue Night, 2018. oIl on canvas, 48 x 24″

    Broken Tree, 2018. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36″


    Last Snow, 2017
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 48″


    Red Wild Flowers, 2017
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 60″

    Wildflower Meadow (Before Trees), 2017
    Oil on canvas
    48 x 60″


    Evening Woods, 2017
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 36″

  • Previous Exhibitions

    b. 1972 Augusta, ME
    Lives and works in Charlottesville, VA

    2018 Glavé Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA
    2018 The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    2016 Glavé Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA
    2015 New City Arts Initiative, WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery
    2014 Rick’s Custom Frame and Gallery, Richmond VA
    2014 Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
    2014 Angelo, Charlottesville, VA
    2013 Derrier De Soie, Charlottesville, VA
    2013 The Art Box, Crozet, VA
    2012 The Local, Charlottesville, VA
    2012 The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    2011 King Family Vineyard, Crozet, VA
    2011 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
    2010 Over The Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery, Crozet, VA

    2018 Glavé Kocen, Richmond, VA
    2017 Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA
    2017 Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    2017 The Art Box, Crozet, VA
    2017 The Women’s Initiative, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    2015 Yellow Cardinal Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2014 Yellow Cardinal Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    2013 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
    2010 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
    2010 Northside Social, Arlington, VA
    2005 Metamorphosis Art Show, Arlington, VA

    Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA – 2017
    Apprentice to Edward J. Reed, The Art League School, Alexandria, VA – 2006 – 2007
    Master of Art, Medical and Biological Illustration, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – 1998
    The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, MD – 1994 – 1996
    Bachelor of Art, The School of Art and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University – 1994

    2017 Riverviews’ 9th Annual Juried Art Show, Lynchburg, VA, Juror – Marta Staudinger
    2016 Third Place, RVA Architecture and Landscape, Juried Exhibit, Crossroads Art Center,
    Richmond, VA
    2015 Juror, Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, Charlottesville, VA
    2015 Juror, Peace Lutheran Church, Charlottesville, VA
    2014 Juror, Charlottesville City School Eco Fair Artwork Content, Charlottesville, VA
    2013-2018 Member, Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA
    2010-2016 Member, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

    Glavé Kocen, Richmond, VA
    Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    Bee Street Studio, Dallas TX

    Country Club of Virginia
    Dominion Power
    Major, Lindsey and Africa, LLC
    Martha Jefferson Hospital (Sentara)
    Towne Bank
    University of Virginia Medical Center
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System

    Sargent, Sarah, Immersion, April, 2018
    “Spring Springs Forward with Springs, Sprockets, and Wildflowers at Glavé Kocen!”, Glavé Kocen Gallery, April, 2018
    Derby, Elizabeth, “Lightness of Being,” Cville, July 26, 2017, p. 33
    “Two Painters who are on Fire Close the Year out at Glavé Kocen!“, Glavé Kocen Gallery, December, 2016
    Sargent, Sarah, “Warm Welcome Group show at McGuffey Invites Colorful Observations”, Cville Weekly, May 22, 2013

    Studio: 3285 Burnt Mill Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Mailing: 602 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Statement

    My work is about exploring, deconstructing, simplifying, abstracting, and reconstructing how I view the world.
    I find the sublime in the ordinary though paint. It’s not so much about the representation of a specific place in time but more about how the paint can create an experience of its own. Through paint I investigate and appreciate my world, and as I do I create something wholly new.
    For me, a painting begins with an observation or an idea, way before stepping in front of the canvas. I notice light on leaves and trees in the woods, deep shadows beneath flowers in a meadow or a tangle of vines, the warmth of the soil or the cool quiet and weight of an overcast sky. Often a subconscious absorption of my surroundings appears in my work as I bring observations back to the canvas and begin the process of making marks. Each brush stroke, scratch, or space of bare canvas is part of the process. I move back and forth from a series of marks to the composition they create and the moment they represent. Through that push and pull, I express the energy and mood of the place and how it made me feel.

  • Biography

    For Krista Townsend, painting is much more than the time spent at the canvas. Painting the places that she knows well gives authenticity to her work, often of overlooked and unlikely subjects. The physicality of the process shows in her paintings. Rarely does she experience the places she paints by observation alone; she absorbs them through daily hikes near her central Virginia home and often moves through a place many times before finding the painting. The act of painting then replicates the motion of experience through gesture and brush strokes, stepping away for contemplation, and turning back to the palette and canvas.
    Krista graduated in 1994 from The Pennsylvania State University with a BA focusing on painting and biology. She studied Old Master techniques at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD, then in 1998 earned her MA from the Johns Hopkins University in Medical and Biological Illustration. Her career mainly focused on medical illustration for the first few years, but she began wanting a more expressive outlet to explore her interest in nature and biology. In 2000, she began to paint in oil again. She studied with painters at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA and completed a yearlong apprenticeship with portrait and landscape painter, Edward Reed. In 2007 she moved to Charlottesville, VA. She has shown her work in Virginia and Washington, DC for the past 10 years, entering many private and public collections including the University of Virginia Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, The Country Club of Virginia, and more. Her work is represented in Virginia by Glavé Kocen Gallery in Richmond and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, and in 2018 she joined Bee Street Studio in Dallas, TX.