I wasn't always an avid painter, my love affair with art began behind a film camera and in the darkroom. But when I did discover watercolors, I found something so organic and fluid about the way they could be used to transform the style of my subject matter that I was never able to create through film. I believe my love for photography and history of studying it has naturally lent itself to my clean compositional style. My work is colorful, playful, delicate, and organic with a flair of whimsy. I draw my inspiration from my everyday life, but especially from the coast, the ocean, vintage illustration and archival books and my Italian heritage.
I'm currently fascinated by and exploring the history and stories behind different buildings and pieces of architecture across the world through my illustrations and paintings. I believe that each piece of architecture can tell us so much just by finding out the history behind why or how it was built. Being able to bring these buildings to life through my paintings and really focus in on the details is one of my current goals as an artist.
To request a custom architecture or building painting - please email me for quotes and pricing.
The Messy Painter offers a more creative and artistic alternative to the traditional approach to lettering and design. We believe in designing and creating things that will serve an aesthetic and personal 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 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!