Kristen Puckett is an Appalachian folk artist and ceramicist from southern Ohio. In 2017, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics/Drawing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and exhibited her first solo exhibition, A Story Collector. Through the years, she has displayed work in various markets, galleries, and festivals in AK, OH, WV, KY, and TX while moving from state to state with her husband. Currently, she lives in Lucasville, OH.
Kristen works in a variety of mediums—painting, drawing, & sculpting—but always creates work that focuses on Appalachian/North American folklore, cryptozoology, or fantastical creatures and environments. She draws inspiration and meaning from local flora, fauna, stories, and traditions, in addition to ancient history/art, medieval bestiaries/illuminated manuscripts/sculptures, fantasy/horror novels, 18th/19th century biological & anatomical studies, and paranormal/horror/fantasy-centric television shows like the X-Files. Her favorite artists are Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielson, Maxfield Parrish,and Shanna Fliegel. At this time, she is compiling artwork and information on every known cryptid, paranormal entity, or creature based on folklore/superstition from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio; the first volume (focusing on West Virginia), In the Land of Catawampus: a Complete Exploration of West Virginia's Elusive, Ghostly, and Fanciful Beasts, will be funded through Kickstarter from Feb. 15 - March 17, 2019. You can view information about the project here.
When not in the studio, Kristen enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and researching cryptid/paranormal creatures.
Professional Affiliation: Egertron-Puck
Education: BFA, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Medium & style: Traditional 2-D Mediums (Ink, Watercolor, Graphite, Charcoal), Functional Ceramics & Sculptures; Art Nouveau, Traditional, and Folk Art styles
Exhibition Record: 2011 - 2013 Southern Ohio: Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
2013 - 2017 Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks Art Department ; The Bear Gallery
2016 - 2018 El Paso, Texas: Kaleidoscope Gallery and Art Market