artist bio & statement


After receiving her BFA in photography, Kristianne embarked on intermittent travel and mountaineering expeditions. She met her husband and they set out on a life changing adventure together. They sailed from San Diego, CA to French Polynesia and onward to Hawaii over the course of a year. Travel by sail helped her acquire a penchant for freedom. Her photography continues to be strongly influenced by her ocean voyages.

Kristianne still lives in a California surf town, and works as a commercial and fine art photographer.  When she’s not behind a lens, she’s surfing and sailing with her family and planning their next great adventure, which will surely not be on land.

ARTIST statement

Life is a journey. Every day we have the choice how we are going to explore, make connections, and define our boundaries. When we arrive at either a physical or a theoretical threshold, we must decide if we are ready to leave behind the safety of the known for the fear of the unexplored.

My photography is a gift that allows me to take a step into deeper waters. I filter life, emotions, and connections through my art. I rely on my photography to subconsciously carry me past the point of departure. Each project I am a part of takes me on a new voyage.

I work in diptychs, triptychs and 3D to give my work the depth and balance I feel represents my experience as an artist.


Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist-Top 200 2017
Communication Arts Magazine Advertising Annual Award 2016
Communication Arts Magazine Photography Annual Award 2014
Director’s Award, Voyages, The Kiernan Gallery 2013
Director’s Award, July (3 selected), A Smith Gallery 2013
Director’s Selection, Water! The Center for Fine Art Photography 2013
Honorable Mention, Through A Lens: Ten, Kellicut International Photo Show. Kim Komenich, Tom Till, Crista Dix 2013



The Quiet Landscape, Jurors Jacob and Alyssa Hessler

F-Stop Magazine
Black and White Exhibition, Juror Christy Karpinski

Griffin Museum of Photography 20th Juried Exhibition, Winchester, MA Juror Aline Smithson
Alternate Realities: 14 Photographic Visions, ARENA 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Expressions: Contemporary Portraiture, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Robin Rice
Take Flight, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson
The Art of Work, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR, Jurors Julia Dolan and John Jay
The National: Best Contemporary Photography, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN (permanent collection)

Voyages, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA Juror Christy Karpinski (two selected)
Water!, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Wally Mason
July, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Christy Karpinski (three selected)
The Edges of Night: Dawn and Dusk, PhotoPlace Gallery, VT, Juror Sean Kernan
Kellicutt International Photo Show, Through a Lens: Ten. Coastal Arts League Museum, Jurors: Kim Komenich, Tom Till, Crista Dix,
Open Water, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA, Juror, Jennifer Schwartz of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery (two selected)
Still Point V, Still Point Gallery
The Magic of Light, The PhotoPlace Gallery, online annex, Middlebury VT, juror Aline Smithson
Alternate Realities: 11 Photographic Visions, Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
House Party Exhibition of Photography, 2951 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Alchemy + Entity: New Works by Sixteen Photographers, Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Green,The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Corinne Tapia of the Sous Les Etoiles Gallery , New York

Human + Being,The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror James Balog

Selected works from Makai, Mother and Child and Pu’uhonua solo exhibition, The Center for Spiritual Living Gallery, Capistrano Beach, CA

Mother and Child, San Clemente Art Gallery, San Clemente, CA

International Fine Art Photography Exhibition, the Center for Fine Art Photography at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, Juror, Mary Virginia Swanson

Makai-Photographs Toward the Sea solo exhibition, JK Art and Design Gallery, San Clemente, CA

International Fine Art Photography, Salt Lake City Olympics, Olympic Village, Salt Lake City, UT
International Fine Art Photography, Millenium Art Center, Washington, D.C.

Honolulu Artists Group Show, Ala Moana Hotel, Art at Marks Garage Gallery, Honolulu, HI


Communication Arts Magazine Advertising Annual-advertising, posters, health: North American Spine Ads

Women and Cruising- Pint Sized Maritime Explorers
Feature Shoot-Photographer Captures Touching Portraits
Staf Magazine-Photographer Folio
The Sixth Sense-a collaboration with Tytia Habing
Communication Arts Magazine Photography Annual-photography, editorial
Great Ocean Quarterly, cover

F-Stop Magazine
Le Journal de la Photographie
Sea Stoke Blog
Blur Magazine, Issue 31
Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer
Orion Magazine, July/August
Sea Stoke, Issue Two

Photobook Cali by Photo District News

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  1. Hello, My name is Mary Robnett and I am a photo editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. We are currently working on an article about Tahiti Iti. Do you have any photos of Tahiti Iti available for licensing? Thank you.

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