I wasn't always an avid painter, my first love affair with art began behind a film camera and in the darkroom. But when I did discover watercolors, I fell into an even deeper love affair than the first. Painting has since become an extension of my hand, and means for me to visually communicate my perception of my daily life, memories and travels.
My work is colorful, bold, playful and organic with a flair of whimsy. I find my inspiration from daily life, architecture, folk art, travel, food, children’s books, my son and nature. I am constantly experimenting with subject matter and techniques to continue to hone my craft and evolve my style.
I'm a huge sucker for anything that makes me feel nostalgic; growing up in a city like Boston makes you ache for historical buildings and their endless architectural design details. I’m fascinated with exploring the history and stories behind different buildings and pieces of architecture, and being able to convey those stories through my architectural illustrations and paintings.
To request a custom architecture or building painting - please email me for quotes and pricing.
Wedding stationery is the very first thing your guests will see before your magical day, and the very first peak at what they will experience. It’s inviting them to one of the most important days of your life, and it should LOOK as important as it is! We want to help get your guests hyped for your wedding with stationery that will make their jaws hit the floor. The Messy Painter offers a completely one-of-a-kind, custom tailored, creative and artistic alternative to the traditional approach to lettering and design. We also believe in designing and creating things that will serve an aesthetic and personally meaningful purpose long after your wedding day is over.
All designs are carefully drawn and hand painted using only the very best watercolor paints and high quality, 100% cotton paper. Hand painted elements combined with Crystina’s personal calligraphy and brush lettering style comes together on a digital surface to create a completely unique and custom wedding stationery suite for you. No custom wedding suite is pre-made or used more than once, making every single detail customized to your wedding. We offer full wedding stationery services - from your Save the Date, to your big day, and everything in between.
We especially love to get creative with wedding stationery and signage - no idea is too small. If you can dream it up, we can make it!
This portfolio is composed of client projects ranging from small, boutique businesses, to large scale, corporate companies. Some projects may infuse my illustrations into the packaging design of a project, while others may be used for business stationery or web design.
It is always my priority to give a hand drawn or painted element, mixed with digital design to create a unique and fresh spin to typical graphic design. I love giving clients an edge to their existing branding by offering something with a more personal and artistic touch, but still cohesive enough to flow with their logo and additional collateral.
The digital era is upon us, and while my affinity for pencil to paper will always be my first choice, I have also begun to dabble in the digital arts. These are a collection of recent digital drawings meant to encourage and grow my skills on this new medium.
I have moved over 20 times in my 31ish years here on earth, and each time I’ve brought with me an entire, precious, box of sketchbooks and journals. Those sketchbooks contain some of the best and some of the worst work I’ve ever done. They’ve been a place for me to rediscover myself as an artist over, and over and over again. They are where I’ve experimented, made discoveries, explored, played and made huge mistakes that have led to more discoveries. These pages are my brain laid out on paper. They are a documentation of life around me and all that inspires me, and I hope they inspire and encourage you too.