The artist: Kristin Oliver, Nevada City |

The artist: Kristin Oliver, Nevada City

What is your career and your current job title? Currently serving as CEO of all my artistic endeavors, including photography, art and design.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. Honest, dark, light, political, empowering, vintage, modern, feminist, global, intellectual, environmental photographic portraits.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Long enough to know that I don’t want to stop any time soon.

Why do you do it? I find it necessary to breathe.

What do you hope to accomplish? To use the values of fine art coupled with the drive of commercial photography as a medium of social message.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I trust the viewer to create the message.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? There are, give or take, 194 countries in the world. I would like to be in any one of them with my camera in one hand, respect in the other hand and a journal in my pocket.

What kind of special training did you take? Trained to make tortillas from scratch in Nicaragua. Tutored in tolerance by bartending in Germany. Coached in camel riding in Egypt. Schooled in the art of charades in lieu of any language I don’t speak. Educated by the women raising hell all over the world. Bachelorette in independence. Masters in mojito.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Waking up everyday to do it. The exact second the plane wheels lift off from the tarmac. When the photo I get is better than the photo I visualized.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? United States travel restrictions to certain countries.

How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? Nearly every hour of the day is contributed in some way to my work.

Any other comments you’d like to include? I have been privileged these past few years to work with a group of women on The Ridge. They have gone by several different names: The Absinth Social Club, the Sisterhood of Maes, Haute Trash and so on. Their latest incarnation is Troupe de Trash. These divas of the highest order have graced my camera countless times and have motivated me immeasurably with their creativity, strength, wit, support and innate sense of sisterhood. I thank them very much for the many collaborations we have had.

Our latest collaboration involves the creation of a Tour Program Book for the Troupe. The Tour Program Book will be available at the Troupe de Trash fashion show at the Center for the Arts on May 24 and 25 or it can be ordered online in the Shop at my Web site:


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