Hi! I’m Kirsten. I live in Columbia, MO and I’m a certified Creatively Fit Coach. I believe Life is a Work of Art. Either consciously or unconsciously we are always in the process of creating. I love Creatively Fit because it uses the experience of art making – painting specifically – to make us aware of the power and flexibility we have as creators on the canvas and in our lives.

Creatively Fit taught me that my soul requires conscious acts of creativity every day in order to feel fulfilled, alive, awake and aware. Even a 10-minute creative work out can makes a HUGE difference in how I see my day.

Gaining creative mastery is not so much a matter of doing different things as it is of becoming more aware of what we are already doing, and doing it more consciously and deliberately.
— Laurence G. Boldt
Imagination is the beginning of creation.
— George Bernard Shaw

I think it’s important for you to know that I don’t consider myself a professional artist or an art instructor. In fact, I didn’t have any background in visual art before I began my Creatively Fit journey. My training is in theatre. I have a B.F.A and an M.F.A. in acting and theatre arts. Of course, I did have to take a scene painting class to get my B.F.A., but that’s about it. And I took that class 30 years ago! After my grad training, I moved to NYC and worked professionally in regional theatres around the country for several years and eventually earned my Actor’s Equity card before I decided the life of a professional actress wasn’t for me. So I brought my love for the stage and my beautiful daughter back to what I consider “my home town” in Missouri.

After my move home, I taught acting independently and acted and directed with several local theaters. And while I still loved every minute of my time working with other actors and directors, I also knew in my heart that my passion for theatre was beginning to feel stale. And I realized that his feeling of dissatisfaction was my innermost self yearning to break out of her comfort zone. I felt most alive when I was teaching actors, but I also longed to teach them more – about life, about creating beyond the stage, about loving what you bring to the world – and about loving who you are and opening your heart to all the experiences of life – and about owning your creative power as a human and an artist.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, that’s creativity.
— Charles Mingus