Kristina Zallinger

Both of my parents were Artists, so I feel like I came by it in a prenatal sense. My father had painted the internationally known dinosaur and mammal murals at Yale’s Peabody Museum and worked extensively for LIFE magazine during the ‘50’s. My mother was a book illustrator. I drew and crayoned constantly in my early days. In high school art was my major. I then moved on to the University of Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut. There I did the drill and came out with a BFA in Painting in 1969. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and “stole” all the prizes given in my senior year. My interest was figurative, mostly female nudes in elusive compositions and space. Color appeared as a component of the overall painting.
After graduation I began teaching at Famous Artists School in the Young Peoples Art Course program. This was a rewarding experience. I taught the first lesson exploring basic skills and the animal lessons at a more advanced level.
After two years I decided to go West to study at the University of Montana in Missoula. This move was a reaction from living my whole life in Connecticut. I wanted to explore the U.S. and found my relocation to be exciting. There appeared before me the mountains of Glacier Park which left me with a heightened feeling of how Man fits into the universe. Other sites in this part of the world included the National Bison Range, the 29 mile long Flathead Lake and seven Native American reservations. All these features influenced my artwork as I began to do totems and hide paintings. I learned a great deal about the culture of the native people and became very involved with their plight.
After receiving my M.F.A., again in Painting, I received a position as a Graphics/Illustrator at the Missoula City/County Planning Office. Although I veered from my goals as a painter, I had to eat. I worked eight years there until I resigned in order to finally pursue my art.
It was then that I began to show the symptoms of bipolar illness. My life spun around. I was out of control as I began to experience the horror of the disease that has struck many artists throughout history, my father included.
I returned to Connecticut where my parents resided. I began hospitalizations after hospitalization trying to gather my life together. Art was on the back burner. I took endless retail jobs to just stay alive, I wasn’t diagnosed until about 25 years later. This was the worst part of my life.
Just about fourteen years ago I had my last hospitalization. As the future unfolds, I have blossomed with my artwork. As I slowly, but consistently became “stronger”, I found the inclination and the joy of creating in many ways. The foremost was my dormant career as a working artist. At the end of 2007 I began to really paint. Since then I have become prolific, producing more than 5 paintings in one month. I now enter competitions and online shows in order to get my name “out there”. I am very happy and my work shows it. Color blooms and textures abound!

I’m finally free enough to do my art!

Kristina Zallinger

Kristina Zallinger
953 Dixwell Avenue
Apt. 36
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 214-6998


Color Is My Middle Name

I always use that expression as a way of identity. My work is fraught with color, I have no middle name and the expression is a cliche! I like to have fun and be as happy as I could be! So, therefore I am. My paintings show it!

Jolly Green Garden “Jolly Green Garden”

It doesn't matter which color flower is placed next to which color flower because nature does not discriminate. Hot pink DOES go with red! Look at geraniums and petunias! I guess what I am trying to say is that any color can be seen with any color. I am the gardener. That's what I do.

Yellow Submarine “Yellow Submarine”

We all live in one...
Another way of reiterating the expression that "Color Is My Middle Name". It is all around me...

Portrait Pink In Places “Portrait Pink In Places”

I use throughout this painting PORTRAIT PINK, one of my favorite colors. I just had to say that...

Blue Suede Shoes “Blue Suede Shoes”

This shows my introduction of hard edge geometric shapes into the picture plane which helps create more depth in conjunction with the more amorphous shapes and colors.

Silver Box “Silver Box”

Again, depth created with geometric shapes. One only has to study "Homage to the Square" for the answers.

A Little White Square “A Little White Square”

A simple balance of color, form, and hard-edge shapes.

Flash In The Pan “Flash In The Pan”

This painting is a blast of color and texture! Depth is created mostly by color and shape.

More Art!

This portfolio contains some of my latest paintings!

Chenistry Experiment “Chenistry Experiment”

Every paintings becomes a chemistry experiment of sorts!
This one measures 30"x30", is painted with acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas. The price is $750.00.

Flathead Lake “Flathead Lake”

This end of the lake about in Polson, MT...Acrylic, Mixed Media, 36"x36" $850.00.