Meet the Artist
Kristen is an intuitive visual artist living in Portland, Oregon. One of her happiest mediums is henna, as it combines her love and respect for art/creativity with her love of connecting with people. She specializes in traditional inspired designs applied in the free form style. She is a lover of tea, travel and music; and has a background in fine arts, aromatherapy, natural healing, early education and child development. In addition to regularly providing henna services, she handcrafts Ayurvedic inspired skincare and dances with the Jai Ho! dance troupe.
“One of the many reasons I love henna, besides its obvious creative element and beauty, is that it is a point of connection and blessing. When I give a henna tattoo, I am not only giving a gift of art and participating in an ancient tradition, I am being given an opportunity to connect to the recipient, and I try to take that opportunity to recognize and affirm the beauty and worth in that person.
When a person decides to receive henna, they are deciding to celebrate themselves, or their personal season. When they decide to come to me, I get to participate in that celebration, by manifesting it visually. I basically get to connect with people, give them royal treatment, and create walking works of art… which is awesome.”