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Meet Kristanelle Reyes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristanelle Reyes.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I knew I wanted to be an artist ever since I was about 5 years old. I loved anything that was art related and appreciated every art form there was while I was growing up. For high school, I went to San Diego School of Creative and Performance Arts (SDSCPA) and being at that school helped me grow as an artist. I also went to an Art University for college but there was a point where I started to feel lost and unsure of my career path so I decided to drop out.

I took a different direction and chose to be a stay-at-home mom and wife. I spent so much time at home that I didn’t want the idea of being a stay-at-home mom to stop me from doing what I love to do. I continued to draw and paint in front of my daughter and even created things with her. I soon became a certified makeup artist and started to get creative with makeup. My daughter enjoys watching me be artistic. Her happiness and support motivated me to still be an artist and I knew I was going to find my path with her by my side. I’m always expanding myself as an artist and I’m always hungry to learn more.

Please tell us about your art.
As of now, I create pieces using makeup and body paint. I love creating illusions and out of the ordinary looks. I’m a very emotional person and no matter what mood I’m in, I will always create things that will make people stop to think or make them feel a certain way. I can do traditional beauty makeup looks too but I wanted to break boundaries and show people that being a makeup artist isn’t only about beauty, there’s an artistic flow that’s involved too.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Being an artist is underrated. We put in so much time, emotion, and even money to create pieces but sometimes we don’t get much in return. That’s why many artists today end up settling with jobs that isn’t their passion. Many artists are afraid to step out of the financial comfort zone. I believe artists should continue to be passionate and achieve their artistic goals.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can view my work on social media, I go by Kristanelle Artistry but I also have an upcoming Showcase with the Raw Artists community on July 26, 2018, at The House of Blues San Diego. You can purchase a ticket from It is a 21+ event and tickets are $22. Ticket sales end July 19, 2018.

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