Meet Kirsten Sadlier, Mixed Media Artist/Painter/Mama

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of sitting down with remarkable women who are carving out their paths and sharing their stories of resilience and triumph. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Kirsten Sadlier, a multimedia abstract artist whose journey through creativity is its own adventure.

Coming from a small town on the east end of Long Island, Kirsten’s story takes her to the bustling streets of Manhattan to the laid-back shores of Newport Beach. Each chapter of her life has infused her imagination with its distinct flavor, shaping her artistic expression.

As an artist, Kirsten’s portfolio is as diverse as captivating. Her surfboard collection stands as a testament to her ability to ride the ebbs and flows of life, while her inspiration sketch series marries childhood whimsy with sophisticated design.

What truly sets Kirsten apart is her seamless fusion of artistic vision with client dreams. Her ability to collaborate and build relationships shines through in her work, adorning homes, retail spaces, and commercial establishments across North America with an undeniable aura of sunshine and elegance.

In our interview, Kirsten talks about “chasing green lights” to embracing the tough moments with gratitude. She shares her struggles in school with ADHD and the challenges of not fitting in the conventional box. Listen to Kirsten’s story, a narrative brimming with resilience, creativity, and the timeless allure of art.

in this episode:

[03:14] Kirsten shares her background growing up in a small town.

[07:13] Did Kirsten already possess bits of creativity as a young girl or teen? 

[09:56] Being diagnosed with ADHD and ADD after college, Kirsten pushed through despite struggling.

[14:01] The influence of the media promoting an image of the thin, cool, party girl. Did this impact Kirsten’s small-town upbringing?

[17:56] How did Kirsten discover her passion?

[22:14] Kirsten’s experience applying to schools after receiving discouraging advice from a guidance counselor.

[25:15] “If you’re creative and that’s inside you, you should lean in, because it’s such a gift to be able to see the world with a different lens.” – Kirsten

[29:55] Were there moments of fear for Kirsten when diving into crazy experiences, like when working at US Weekly? 

[32:36] What convinced Kirsten to seize an artistic opportunity with Red Bull?

[39:44] Becoming a mother at 26, what was the toughest part of transitioning into motherhood for Kirsten?

[43:48] How and why gratitude is deeply ingrained in Kirsten. 

[48:21] How does creativity enable Kirsten to convey her emotions more effectively?

[54:13] The Fast Five Questions.

[58:11] Is there a quality from Kirsten’s teenage or young adult years that she didn’t fully appreciate then but appreciates now?

about Kirsten Sadlier

New York native, Kirsten Sadlier comes from a long lineage of artists. In 2020, her art was installed in the prestigious “Gray Sky Gallery” in Seattle, Washington where she developed and progressed in her painting career. After moving to Southern California she combined her love of surfing and the ocean with her calming, and happy abstracts, creating her object art surfboard collection. 

Drawing inspiration from quiet moments in life’s loud experiences, Kirsten approaches every piece as its own story, meant to spread her joy and zest for life. She hopes to push the boundaries of painting in layers, exploring depths of movement and composition, rendering “happiness in its raw form.”  

Recently Kirsten has created a sketch acrylic series titled “California Dreaming” and “The Icon Collection”, which she organically produced in her style stemming from her lifelong love of sketching. Kirsten hopes that this playful collection freezes time and brings nostalgia while being a perennial piece in any art collection. 

Kirsten has worked with some of the top interior designers nationally and has her work permanently displayed in many hotels and restaurants.

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