KAREN KRISTIN was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. The youngest of four children in a musical family, she knew from the start that she wanted to be a painter. As a child, she spent hours lying on the ground looking up at the sky, imagining animals and scenes in the changing shapes of the clouds above.
Karen has lived her entire life as an artist, drawing, painting, and sculpting. In 1978, she began working in Hollywood as a scenic artist, painting backdrops for film and television, and developing a reputation as “The Sky Lady.”
In 1989, upon leaving Hollywood for a life in New Mexico and Colorado, Karen established SKY ART Karen Kristin, Inc. and stepped into the Las Vegas arena to paint colossal overhead sky ceilings in architectural spaces. The first project was for the Forum Shops at Caesars (92,000 square feet). In 1998, at another high profile project in Las Vegas, The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, she and the SKY ART team designed and painted 105,000 feet of overhead skies. In between these two major projects came The Sunset Station in Henderson, Nevada, as well as numerous casinos, restaurants, and bar venues — all of substantial size.
Upon completion of The Venetian in Las Vegas, Karen journeyed to China and Tibet to study Taoism and Buddhism. In years since, sky painting has taken her to South Africa and India to provide murals for museums and temples, to Macao where SKY ART painted 252,000 square feet in the Grand Canal Shops for the Venetian Resort, and to Japan for two-top secret, high-end residences that feature expansive recreation areas with 55 foot tall high tech smart walls, virtual golf courses, computerized lighting, indoor swimming pools, and waterfalls.
Ms. Kristin has been widely recognized for her artistic work, and has been honored by inclusion in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in the World.