“My closest brother was born six years after me, so for the majority of my early childhood, I had to entertain myself. There was a lot of coloring,” recalls Kristin Texeira. Her interest in the arts was further fueled by the fact that her parents were on the strict side, which led to high-school nights spent up late at home in Massachusetts, cutting up old Vogue magazines and arranging photos on her wall. It only seemed natural for her to head to Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she majored in painting—but not before trying her hand at pretty much every other medium, she explains: “My first year in college I touched all different materials—I took glass-blowing, ceramics, and welding, but I always was pulled back into my painting studio.”
Part of the draw of brushes and canvases was that Kristin has synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon which means she sees color in everything. “Color is what I see when I hear music, taste wine, or read the titles of short stories. It’s how I decipher new places when traveling and the people I meet along the way,” she explains. After graduating in 2010, Kristin spent some time honing her color-blocked, tonal oil-painting style, and since 2016, she’s been working on her pieces full-time from the back of a letterpress studio in Brooklyn. See, staying in pays off.