Kirsten Gilje

kristen_giljeKristen has taught and made art all of her adult life. She spent 10 years in the depths of the North Cascade Mountains as Artist in Residence at Holden Village, a remote retreat center in the Wenatchee National Forest, teaching and making art in community. An avid hiker and skier, she traveled mountain trails in search of subject matter for her paintings, getting to know the Cascade environment very well.  Now in her Bellingham studio she draws on her knowledge of the environment for themes in oil, watercolor, acrylic and silk paintings. Since leaving Holden she has made  two 30 foot-long hand-painted silk banners inspired by local butterflies, designed a 25 foot tall stained glass window with environmental theme for a church, and shown oils,  watercolor paintings and hand-painted silks in galleries in Bellingham. Kristen constantly returns to nature for inspiration, and loves to share her passion with others.