My husband Mark and I have been walking around our neighborhood daily (sometimes twice) to get outside and work off the lasagna and other home made comforts. Look, there’s another one! Who is making these?
Someone in the neighborhood was making something of their own – huge colorful banners for their yard: A strong blue eyed nurse presenting the word “Love” for World Health Day; the word “Victory” rising up out of darkness with the sun shining its rays onto a garden; a collage of happy images surrounding the words “Find Joy in the Little Things.”
That did it. I had to find out who was behind this. The third banner was the first one I’d noticed that had an artist’s name on it. So I began my social media digging.
This is how I “met” one of my neighbors – anthropologist, muralist, fine artist and faithful believer Kristine Schneider. We met on Instagram. Kristine spent several years in non-profit management, but recently decided to dedicate more of her time to art and family. She credits her faith in God for leading her to this life change. However, within a year of this decision a pandemic drove us to isolate ourselves from others. A self described introvert, Kristine said she “melted down” when her church stopped public worship. “I realized that I use social gatherings of people who feel the same way I do about something (whether its God or art or other people) to fight off feeling isolated and to replenish my personal stores of hope, love and belonging.” Already involved with the local art community in The Woodlands, TX, Kristine decided to share her creative talent with the neighborhood – through social media and in real life. With her “Victory” banner, Kristine shares a message of achieving victory over fear, uncertainty and darkness in these times.
In her fine art paintings, Kristine normally documents observations, but with the pandemic, she felt the need to remind people that they are not alone, to be grateful and that victory and miracles still happen. So she got busy making new art and displaying it in a new way. She turns old bed sheets into her canvases and hangs them between two trees in her front yard.
Kristine and her family live at a corner, on a road that travels around our local pond. Walkers, cyclists and people driving by can all enjoy her inspiring messages.
On our walk this morning, we found this one called “Mothers Are Magic.”
I’ve learned a lot about Kristine over the last few days and plan to feature her fine art in an upcoming essay. But this was just too good not to share quickly. Happy Mother’s Day and hang in there!
Kristine’s fine art, prints and PUZZLES can be found at Kristine Schneider Art and Etsy. You can also follow Kristine Schneider Art on Facebook and Instagram.
10 thoughts on “Neighborly Love – Artist Kristine Schneider Has A Message”
Thank you for sharing her lovely art… and how nice that she shares her creativity with the neighborhood. How ironic that the current shutdown has opened you up to a talented new friend.
Janis, There have absolutely been some silver linings to all of this! On the retirement front, we continue to purge and find new homes for things. Hope you are staying well! Tracey
Kristine’s art is stunning! Thank you for sharing it with us!
She’s very talented. I’m looking forward to sharing more of her work in the future.
What a wonderful way to spread joy!
Isn’t it though? I’m looking forward to sharing some of Lee’s things soon. Thanks for stopping by Betty!
She’s very talented, and is creating things to help heal souls. How cool that you got to meet her. – Marty
I agree Marty! I’m looking forward to meeting her IRL some day.
Tracey! So great to read your blog! Kristine is a great artist — glad you discovered her. Hope to see you eventually!! XO
Thanks Cynthia, and I hope to meet her and see her art in real life some day! I’m looking forward to classes getting back underway!