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About Kristin Gustafson



After her move back to the states in the late eighties, Kristin wholesaled her wearable art line to upscale boutiques. During this time she batiked a series of tropical women in tribute to her years in the Caribbean. This “Beach Babes” series was contracted to a resort clothing company for imprinting on their apparel and marketed internationally.


As an animal-rights activist and a concerned environmentalist Kristin now draws upon her academic background and training to return to fine art painting. Her most recent series, We Are All Connected, reflects this philosophy.




Kristin Gustafson











Kristin Gustafson’s lifelong passion to express herself as an artist has led her down many paths. Her passion began in her home state, Minnesota, then on to the Virgin Islands, the tropical paradise which she likes to remember as her “thawing out and learning to chill out” time of life, to her current paradise, Southwest Florida, where the flora, fauna and beaches inspire her daily.


Sojourn highlights include her own art boutique at Mt. Top, overlooking Magen’s Bay in St. Thomas, in the mid eighties. For over twenty years she had enjoyed exploring and mastering batik, a centuries old Javanese craft, which entails painting on natural fabrics with melted beeswax and cold-water dyes. Using this ancient technique she filled her boutique with hand-painted and batiked clothing from hats to bustier to silk scarves and tropical bird and flower batik paintings. All inspired by her love of the Caribbean and the tropical foliage she traded for Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and pine forests.



Career Highlights

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Baby Basics, one of my favorite charities which donates diapers to disadvantaged babies that live in our community, liked my artwork so much they decided to use it yet again in 2011 for their invitations & luncheon programs.


I also modeled again for Dillard's & Chico's with Debi Palmer & Carolyn Kofler in charge of the fashion show, two dynamic fashionistas!


Sarasota Magazine Designer's Notebook 2004


Artist Profile Gulf Coast Magazine


Style Magazine October 2003


Cover of Venice Gulf Coast Living Magazine March 2002

(available as an archival print)


Venice Gulf Coast Living Magazine December 2001

(available as an archival print)


Sarasota Herald Tribune August 2001



Cover of Venice Gulf Coast Living Magazine November 2000



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