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Hey There!

My name is Kristen, and I am a self-taught paper artist who is known for her intricate and highly detailed papercut art. I am inspired by nature, travel, culture, and literature. I  love making one-of-a-kind commissions to help clients celebrate special occasions.  I am a self-proclaimed book nerd who loves to read, and also is a determined, albeit slow, runner. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two young boys.




Ultimately my work is about the challenge of finding connections. Whether I make a papercut of a flower or a cityscape, I like to have each color used in a design be cut from a single piece of paper. Nothing in my work floats on its own, everything has to be connected to its own sheet in order for the papercut to work. Sometimes I keep it simple and use one cut layer and one background, uncut layer of paper. Other times I use multiple layers and colors. When I use multiple layers, not only does each layer have to be self-sustaining in terms of connections, but now each layer must line up perfectly for the overall design to be seen. I have to draw my designs thinking about these connections­—how can I connect this part of the work so that the design is clean and readable? How can these bits be seen through the top layers? What needs to be cut and what needs to stay? These questions guide my work whatever my subject matter. They lead to highly detailed, intricate designs of layered and cut paper. 


While I am inspired by nature, travel, culture, and literature, a bulk of my work involves making special commissions for people. These can be a gift to a family member or friend, a piece to celebrate a new baby or a wedding, or simply something specific a client wants in their home. These works are some of my favorite to make because not only do I get to hear people’s stories, but also because the act of giving such a one-of-a-kind gift builds connections between people. I like that the connections I build in my art help people strengthen their connections with others.



  • Introvert or Extrovert?

Ambivert. Sometimes I'm energized by people, and other times I'm not. And it's not always easy for me to predict which way I lean on any particular day, so I try to balance people time and alone time throughout my week.


Simple, always simple. 

My personal style is always determined first by what is comfortable and second by what I think looks good. Chasing two young boys around the house has gotten me to happily adopt the "mom uniform" of yoga pants and a t-shirt. 

  • Rain or Sunshine?

Sunshine forever.

Fun fact: I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and lived there for the first 8 years of my life. It's sunny approximately 360 or 365 days of the year there. Although Austin, Texas isn't quite as sunny as that, it comes closer than any other place I've lived. I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for about a year in college, and seriously suffered from seasonal depression-- Pittsburgh is rarely sunny even when it's warm. One year and I was out. I couldn't do it. I need the sunshine. I blame it on being born in one of the sunniest places on Earth. 

  • Book oR MOVIE?

I love big books and I cannot lie.

I enjoy watching movies too, but if I had to choose one, I couldn't NOT choose books. I love reading. I love collecting books. I read about an average of 40+ books a year, in 2020 and 2021, I read 95 books respectively. I've had to slow down as I work more on my art business, but reading is my number one hobby, my passion, my escape. 

  • Coffee or Tea?

Give me all the coffee. But make sure it have lots of cream and sugar in it. 

  • DOG PErson or Cat Person?

Would rather not have a pet, but if I did, I'd have a dog. My boys are begging for a dog, so I'm gonna lose my preference for no pets. But I will always choose a dog over a cat. I have no taste to have an animal in my house that is probably plotting to kill me. 


The mountains are calling. Never liked the beach, always loved the mountains. Hiking or skiing, or just the views-- the mountains always refresh my soul. 


AdventureI am energized by exploring new places, seeing new sites, and learning new things. A vacation isn't a vacation unless I have a chance to explore.

  • Weights or RUNNING?

Cardio queenI would much rather break a sweat running than lift weights, but am trying to incorporate more strength training into my running plan to avoid injury, get faster, and stay healthy as I age. I run slow, but I run often and I run long. Running has become a way of life. 

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