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About Me

I help drained idealists recharge through art that uplifts and awakens the spirit.

I'M Kristen

(Ma Kalulu)

Kalulu is the Chichewa word for rabbit where I live in Malawi. Rabbits symbolize abundance, creativity, rebirth, and luck in many cultures.

Our desire as humans to try and influence our lives and bring about a sense of control and good fortune by evoking “magical imagery” goes all the way back to ancient times. I create images that can be used as wishes or creative visualizations for positive things like good health, love, protection, abundance, success, etc.

I believe colors and patterns can help heal emotional wounds, conjure up energy, and serve as vehicles for spiritual connection and growth. Symbols and characters acting out narratives can educate, tell stories, and inspire personal reflection and even positive social change. I aim to use colors that evoke strong emotions and to utilize symbols and patterns that have cross-cultural significance.  Read Full Artist's Statement

A Little Background:

I've created multimedia content for clients including several UN agencies, a multi-platinum American rock band, non-profit organizations, and everything in between. I've held senior leadership positions as a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director at The American University of Rome and have taught at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, & Africa. My animated films have screened in galleries and museums worldwide and in more than 75 international film festivals attracting numerous “Best Animated Short Film” awards.

In addition to fine art prints and original works, I also offer custom, commissioned artwork. You can learn more about that process on this page.

A portion of all proceeds from my site go to support worthy projects helping families in need in Malawi (my current home) and Myanmar (my recent home). Learn more.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


Inspiration

Having lived in Asia and Africa since 2016, I’m drawn to the patterns and colors found in traditional clothing, baskets, ceramics, and local handicrafts made from raw and natural materials. Western influences include stained-glass windows as well as the bold dark outlines found in cartoons and graphic novels. 

Techniques

My paintings are made with acrylic and watercolor pens on canvas or canvas board. Drawings are done on archival paper with markers and fine art pens. My digital art is created on my Mac using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop with my four favorite digital brushes.

career highlights

  • Since 2002, I've taught art as a full-time university professor on four continents. I also teach 100K online students globally.
  • My animations have screened internationally and have won numerous awards.
  • Design clients include UNICEF, WHO, WFP, the B-52's, UNFPA, and more.
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           My Story & Career Details

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For DESIGN INQUIRIES or EDUCATION SERVICES - Workshops, masterclasses, and more - please check out kpalana.com

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See my full returns and exchange policy on my FAQ page at: https://www.makalulustudio.com/faq-bay-photo

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All drawings are created on acid-free archival heavyweight paper. I use Tombow dual tip watercolor pens which are set in place with fixative. Paintings are made on triple primed canvas panels and the acrylic paints are then fixed with varnish. For best possible protection against fading over time, original artwork should be kept out of direct light. Drawings should be protected by a sheet of UV filtered glass.

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