The Inside Story ~ Monika Kinner

Born on the prairie and raised by a landscape artist, I grew up with a deep appreciation for the skies, the fields, and the ditches full of blooms. It was my mother who taught me how to appreciate the transformation of my surroundings through the four distinct seasons.

I spent my childhood observing the patterns of light and shadow throughout the days and the seasons of the year. This gave me my prairie roots, knowing I could always rely on the land and sky to show me their best. By knowing where to look and how to see, I believe it set the spark for my desire to carry forward the need to show off the glory and also the subtle beauties of my homeland.

I do this in my own chosen medium of Textile Art, specifically a meticulous and detailed technique referred to as Threadpainting. I discovered this 11 years ago after joining a local quilt guild. I also began working in Soft Pastels a few years ago, which is the traditional medium of my mother’s. Working with both mediums feels like a very fluid, natural process. Each tends to improve my skills in the other.

‘Flourishing Ditch’ – Soft Pastel
Mini Yarn Painting, Untitled
Mother and daughter

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