Born into an artistic lineage, Kristine Poole has been wandering her creative path from her youngest days. Having dabbled with sculpture in her early schooling, her love affair with clay began in earnest during her formal education at Northern Michigan University. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her professional studies continued through several apprenticeships, artist residencies and, initiated by her move west to Santa Fe, working at Shidoni Bronze Foundry.
Adding performing arts to her creative focus refined her understanding of movement, line and anatomy, enhancing her sculptural vision. From the miniature to the monumental, her fired clay and bronze figurative sculptures often integrate text and motifs with body language to invite conversation about the nature of words, story-telling and the realities we create through the things we say.
The pivotal moment in her artistic journey happened when fellow artist and future husband, Colin Poole, asked her to dance a Tango in 2008. They married on the Greek island of Paros the following spring. Passionate travelers, they are devoted to their study at museums around the world. Hours spent in the company of masters such as Carrier-Belleuse, Carpeaux, Bouguereau and Bernini together with the merging of their artistic talents gave birth to their current style of classically inspired contemporary realism.
Widely collected, Kristine’s sculptures have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Masters of Contemporary Fine Art, CAST, 500 Figures in Clay, Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, IBA, The ARC International Art Salon, Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Ireland. She has juried Spectrum, Infected by Art, St. John’s College Walter S. Baird Award for Art and Literature and is one of the founders of the Spectrum Rising Star Award.
Selected from a nationwide call for proposals, in 2018 the Pooles completed their most recent public art monument for the Carnegie Library in Howell, MI. Amongst numerous private and corporate projects, selected public commissions also include: the Game and Fish Department’s “Lifetime Achievement Awards in Wildlife Conservation,” the Pop Culture Classroom’s “Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards” and “The Spectrum Muse Award.”
Currently, Kristine gives lectures, demonstrations and workshops on art and business around the country. She has contributed to The Complete Creative and writes a monthly article for Muddy Colors. Side by side with Colin, her inamorato and collaborative compeer and surrounded by their menagerie of birds and beasts, her creative odyssey continues to unfold in the foothills of Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo mountains.
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