Kristi's illustration work is known for the sepia tones and glowing lines created with an old style ink and quill pen. The technique has been likened to Victorian Illustrators and works by Arthur Rackham or contemporary Charles Van Sandwyck. Some works echo cloisonné enamel or even stained glass. Recent books have been shortlisted for Governour General Award for Childrens Illustration and several other book awards. The following are books and educational publications that are currently available.
On the illustration process: Kristi has completed upwards of 22 childrens books with a variety of clients including self published authors, independents and well known publishers. The process is pretty strait forward: after viewing the manuscript, discussions revolve around timelines, payments, medium, approach. Then the illustration work begins: First, understanding the authors intention and vision, then the research for accuracy,( this part could take several months depending on the subject) a few rough sketches to show the intention, and finally the entire book is sketched in pencil in a very small thumbnail format. A first rough draft, then a second, and so on... each with gradual changes and fine tuning until the piece is ready to paint. It sounds quite simple but this could take upwards of 4 to 6 months depending on the amount of detail and research involved.
Recent projects include "A Carnival of Cats" (2015) and "A Parade of Puppies" (2016) by Charles Ghigna- both of which have received acclaim and awards. "Uirapuru" by P.K. Page (2010) was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor Generals Award for Book Illustration, and won the Victoria Book Awards Bolen Books Childrens Book Prize. Kristi was blessed to have been able to create three books with author-poet P.K Page, and has also been fortunate to work with authors such as Charles Ghigna, Fiona Tin Wei Lam, Rachel Wyatt, Bobbie Hinman and Paulette Bourgeois.
Recent publishers and clients include Orca Books, Oolichan Books, Extasis Editions, as well as Oxford University Press, University of Victoria, Parks Canada, Municipality of Saanich, Ministry of Health, C.A.O.T, B.C. Childrens Hospitals, and several Environmental groups such as the Stream of Dreams Society and Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society.
Illustration Awards: Along with the Governer Generals Award Shortlist and the Victoria Book Prize, Kristi's work has also earned the COAT Award, Monday Magazine "M" Peoples Choice Award and was Honoured as one of 150 Top B.C. Women Artists by the Community Arts Coucil of Greater Victoria. She has been active on the board of the The Island Illustrators Society representing 75 B.C. artists for over a dozen years.
The books shown are hard cover unless otherwise listed, and are priced and available as shown. Most are available by order through your local bookstore. In Victoria B.C. retail options are Munro's Books or Bolen Books. To discuss illustration projects or for purchasing and shipping information see Kristi's contact page.