Kristina Benson adopted the artist name of Isabella Kristina because an angel told her it was her true spirit name, her highest self and that is were she feels her art comes from. She grew up by the ocean in San Diego, California, where she studied Fine Art and Graphic Design. She moved to the mountains of Northern New Mexico after she had avision of living in a beautiful high dessert, and she followed her heart to Taos, where she now lives.
After she moved away from the ocean, Kristi started having many dreams about the water, dolphins and whales, which set her on a journey to understand their meanings. She has traveled to The Bahamas, Honduras and Hawaii to swim with wild dolphins. She believes the dolphins and whales are wise and beautiful master teachers and multi-dimensional beings, who are dedicated to helping humanity heal. She believes they open our hearts; remind us to live in joy as they do, to play a lot more and live in harmonious community with others. This has been a great inspiration to her art, spirituality and life. Horses are also an important part of her life, and she imagines they are land dolphins, because they bring so much beauty and joy to us and help us open our heart as well.Her paintings express the sacred inter-woven relationships in all of life that are not always seen, the connection and oneness between all living things. The dream realms, nature spirits, power animals and totems, mystical journeys and mysteries of spirit. Her spirituality and love of the beauty of the earth, the natural world, horses, dolphins, whales and animals are reflected in her colorful, spirited, symbolic art. She intentionally uses bright color of acrylic medium, and believes in the power and influence of color to affect emotion and remembrance.
She enjoys sharing her life with them.~