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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kristine Overacre

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristine Overacre. 

Hi Kristine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Not surprisingly, I’ve always had a penchant for beautiful things—my mother used to find this incredibly comical, as she would take me over to a friend’s house, only to find me rearranging furniture and re-styling their coffee tables. If I wasn’t moving things around the house, I was painstakingly pouring through every issue of Vogue I could get my hands on — it felt like a portal to another world, far away from the small southern town I grew up in. I also spent a lot of time painting and drawing the beautiful things I saw and was always obsessed with color. 

In more recent years, I founded, grew, and eventually sold my first “real” business— a boutique design firm. It was an amazing wild ride creating some iconic spaces and I learned so much from my business partner and mentors along the way. once I exited my first company, I found myself with more time on my hands to get back to exploring my various creative passions, from flower arranging and baking to painting and setting aside more time for art. I quickly found myself reconnecting with my first love of painting, which began regularly consuming 6-7 hours of my day seven days a week. I would go to bed at night and dream about the colors and patterns I wanted to make next—my dream life definitely has an impact on my art practice and really in all of my creative ventures. In short, I couldn’t wait to get back into the studio each morning. 

While doing this, I also opened a long-time labor of love, the mission bay beach club alongside my business partners. This project involved creating the design, branding, and concept, as well as the menu for this historic property, all while renovating a coastal, city-owned property and negotiating the land lease, working with the community on visioning for the space and breathing new life into this architectural icon of San Diego. 

During this time, I also launched my newest project, beaucoup creative, to serve as a think tank for my creative endeavors—from real estate development to art and interior design. We’re intentionally small and highly selective in the client work that we take on, while also pursuing our own projects and collaborations with other brands, designers, and developers. 

I guess it’s safe to say I like to explore many creative avenues simultaneously and get bored if I find myself siloed for too long. I’m also incredibly lucky to have amazing collaborators who allow me the creative freedom to explore these different passions that all tie into a central desire: to make the world a more beautiful place to live in. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life as an entrepreneur is not always easy, but for me, the pleasure of it is always worth the pain many times over. I love the challenges and generally have a pretty cheerful outlook on life, so that helps. My constant refrain when things get hard is to recall my favorite Steve Jobs quote: “The journey is the reward.” It reminds me of what a privilege it is to be here on this planet and to get to play in the game of life, that just being here is fun. that being said, there are days and weeks that are hard—where you put so much of yourself into a piece of art, a project, whatever the case may be and it’s hard to not take it personally if it is rejected or not liked. I think everyone struggles with this to some degree—that putting all of yourself into something means there’s very little hedge for rejection. But it’s the only way I know of to create things that have soul. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My art practice primarily consists of large-scale abstract gouache on paper that seeks to reflect and share the way I views the world around me—most of my paintings are representations of the people, places, and things that most inspire me. For the past three years I’ve been working in a style I call new pointillism, which investigates the relationships of colors and patterns in a way that is meant to evoke feeling and inner exploration. 

What are your plans for the future?
There are a few really exciting things coming up later this year for both beaucoup and my art career—I can’t wait to share some of the details! But unfortunately, nothing I can share publicly at this time. stay tuned for more! 

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