Temecula artist pursues her dream with oil paints and palate knives
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 17.
Her grandmother, who was an artist as well, seemed to have a heavy influence on her. She sat Krainock down at the age of 13 and showed her what to do. It was then that she fell in love with art.
"I love when people look at your artwork…it makes them smiles and it makes them happy," Krainock said.
It’s also her way to express things.
Throughout high school Krainock took art classes, and when college came she wanted to pursue a degree in art.
"My dad said, ‘No way!’" Krainock recalled.
Although she got her degree in Psychology, as well as a teaching degree, she said she always had a feeling in her that she needed to paint.
Krainock started painting as a hobby and eventually she accumulated so many finished pieces that she decided to sell them on Ebay. After she sold her first painting, she didn’t think she’d sell another one.
"Someone wanted to buy something I made?" She said, looking back at the event.
She was painting for fun and they were "selling like crazy."
"I literally just did it to get rid of them," Krainock said.
It was her best friend Dianne Demarco who encouraged her to become an artist. She said Krainock was shy about showing her talent to others.
"I got a peek of some of her ‘just playing around’ artwork one day that she had kept hidden away and I truly couldn’t believe the talent that she had," Demarco said, who has known Krainock since 1985.
Demarco convinced her that she needed to show the world what she could do.
"Even if it meant hanging it in her house or posting them on Facebook or starting an Etsy store, this was nothing for her to be shy about," she said. "I knew people would pay money for her work. It was just too good to be kept hidden away."
Part of being an artist is what you produce is what you make, Krainock said.
"And some people are going to like your art, some people aren’t. You don’t know every month what you’re going to make," she said.
During the holiday season Krainock could make triple of what she normally makes.
She gets people from Paris, London and Dubai telling her how much they love her work, and wanting to purchase a painting, or asking for custom work.
"It’s shocking to me," Krainock said.
Krainock has beena teacher for the last 20 years, teaching mostly kindergarten. She also substitutes, but she said she makes more money painting.
Krainock has been a kindergarten teacher in Temecula for 11 years.
"I feel blessed. I have a studio in my house and I get to get my coffee and go paint. It’s really great, I love it," she said.
Krainock works mostly in mixed media acrylics and oil paints, although she prefers oil paints.
The acrylics are beneficial when she needs something to dry faster. She does multiple layers of painting on each other. The paintings she uses with oil paints take several weeks to dry. She also uses mostly palate knives and rarely uses a brush.
Her paintings consist of mostly floral, nature scenes, and dancers.
Krainock was commissioned to paint a peacock from a woman in New York and after that, it took off. She is constantly commissioned to do peacocks and birds by others.
She is also a fan of the older master artists, including Claude Monet for his layering and the use of light in his work, although her style is so much different from them. She also loves Edgar Degas.
"Just his use of light and color, and the different perspectives he has when was he’s drawing his subjects. It’s just so inspirational to me," Krainock said.
Krainock is a single mom with three children – Kayla, 19, Cameron, 14, and Chloe, 9. She said Kayla is also very much into art and is very inspired by what she is doing. Kayla is also deciding what she wants to go to college for.
"I think it’s just kind of inspiring to see somebody change their profession to something they’re really passionate about," said Kayla Krainock.
Krainock’s experience in what her father told her about not pursuing an art degree has had an influence on her own daughter’s education.
"It’s keeping me from completely saying, ‘No, don’t go that route,’ because look, if it’s in you, it’s in you," she said.
She said she doesn’t regret her degree and that it has only helped her. She also took business courses that helped her market herself, pricing her art, and financing.
Demarco said Krainock has more confidence in what she does, which is what has helped her to progress as an artist.
"You can see the passion she has for art in each of her paintings," Demarco said. "Christine is one of the most thoughtful, kind, beautiful inside and out people I know. All of her amazing qualities come through in her amazing art."
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