Kristen Holmberg Paradiso, born and raised in northern California, is an artist and an art teacher. Art, imagination and creative expression have been constant throughout her life. The symbolism and imagery of Kristen’s artwork integrates spirituality, a deep connection to nature, and her study of ancient & indigenous cultures. She transcribes her visions through a variety of media. Watercolor, acrylic paint, and pyrography are her main forms of expression. Her artwork is a vehicle for self healing as she offers a visual representation of the gifts that are freely offered to us from the living elements of the natural world.
Kristen is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Fine Art. She received her teaching credential in art from San Jose State University. She began her teaching career in Santa Cruz where she taught art to Elementary & Middle School students. Kristen has been teaching art at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California since 2002, where she encourages students to discover their own well-spring of creativity and discover the power of their voice as artists. She currently lives in Pleasant Hill, California.
She published her first book, Medicine Path: In A Good Way in 2019. The book consists of 33 original watercolor paintings that are accompanied by the profound and insightful prose of Kristen’s dear friend, George Bertelstein.
Kristen has had her work shown at a variety of local business, performances, and group shows throughout the bay area since 2010.
Over the course of the pandemic she dedicated herself to completing a full moon painting each month to stay connected to the intuitive rhythms of nature. These beautiful images were then published into the Full Moon Calendar for 2022.