depicts insects and spiders, reflecting the beauty and quality of life they bring to the earth. Through her collage style watercolor and acrylic paintings, the images are meant to teach and impart to the viewer an appreciation of these so often overlooked animals through their natural colors, unique shapes and patterns. The sources of inspiration for her work are found while being attentive to nature, whether on hikes with her dogs, time in her prairie backyard, travels to wilderness or participating in citizen science projects. She is associate professor of art and art department head at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI, where she teaches painting, drawing and art history. She has been selected as the Artist in Residence at five national parks including Glacier, Everglades, Mesa Verde, Great Basin, and Rocky Mountain, and three Wisconsin State Parks including Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi and St. Croix; experiences she considers the highlights of her career. She shares her art on a regular basis both locally and nationally. Kristin also believes in the importance of being connected to the community, by making murals, participating in public art events, and volunteering.