Artist Kristan Le, softly tells us stories with her oils. I imagine the respectful tone of her voice as she relates to times in the past…. experiences not forgotten. The environments and the people of her native country as they go about their everyday customs of living are instilled in her like an artist etching. Like any good book, there are chapters.

Vietnam. It was the year 1975. Saigon fell and Kristan’s family fled. She was a little girl at that time. Some of her earliest memories consist of observing her father, sketching trees and buildings, during breaks at the restaurant he opened in San Diego.(He was an architect in Vietnam). Watching him get absorbed in this creative world birthed a love of art in her.

She turns the pages and we see “Sunlight on the Mekong” and “Quiet Morning Hue”. The water, the landscapes, the people and the boats. The motion of living; one in brightness and light and the other in calm shades of grays and blues.

Writing with her paint brush, she imparts mood into her figurative works, as well as a wide variety of other genres she enjoys. Her artistic mission is applicable to all her paintings: to apprehend the genuineness and authenticity of the moment.

Kristan is open-minded when it comes to inspiration: Straightforward, esoteric or maybe no explanation at all in regards to subject, composition, settings and images—but in all commonality—-feeling an emotional connection to her chosen subject. Le says, “I try to understand what is there visually and emotionally. And if I can capture both essences, then that is a successful painting to me.”

You certainly see in her work, such high standards and proof of success. “Braids” and “Arrangement of Plums” are beautiful, reflective, and meditative.

Her choice of colors…picture perfect. “Sunlit”…a fitting title to describe a painting she has done of a horse standing in the sunshine, but each time I look at it the more I realized the horse was only part of the whole as Kristan wonderfully executed an in-depth study of full exposure sunlight to the entire painting. Brilliant!

A story told has an ending…..but not this one. Kristan has many more chapters to paint and we will look forward as she continues to share her life and talent with us. Nothing compares to seeing these oils in person, so I hope you will come in the Gallery and indulge yourself!!

………………………IN SOME CASES, A PICTURE DOESN’T JUST PAINT A THOUSAND WORDS. A PICTURE PAINTS THE WORDS THAT WE WOULD FORGET TO SAY, IF WE WERE ONLY RELYING ON WORDS THEMSELVES.

Raven Sawyer