Meet the whole creative team!
Adventures are always more fun when the experience is shared.
Lead Creator, Writer & Founder of Girard Illustration
Champion of Biodiversity, Equestrian, & Chocolate Connoisseur
Kristen Girard is an artist who has stared down the dark, howling winds of blindness. She is a writer who has fought against the arctic winds of conformity. She is a creator who pulls on a windbreaker and steps out into the winds of darkness with a paintbrush of light and an artist’s palette charged with love.
As an educator Kristen Girard slays ignorance by igniting curiosity and thoughtful inventiveness in her students. Her mission is to rescues creatures great (redwood tress & humpback whales), middling (wild horses & elk) and small (turtles and bees) from the unrelenting winds of apathy. Kristen is working to do this by funding efforts to enhance biodiversity, create sustainable migration corridors and safe zones for wildlife, and clean up the environment.
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+ MFA in Illustration - Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford
+ BFA in Illustration - SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
+ AAS in Illustration - SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
+ AAS in Media Arts - SUNY Adirondack
= Kristen really loves art and story telling! :)
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When not up to her elbows in creativity, Kristen loves curling up with a good book, a cup of tea, and Little Dude the Cat on her lap. If not there, Kristen can be found with carrots and apples hanging out at the stable with her Clydesdale horse, Big Mac. She spends a lot of time outside defying gravity by rock climbing or enjoying winter while skiing with her husband Kirby.
Gravity Defier, Art Supply Runner, & Time Keeper
Kirby and I are happily married partners in life’s adventures. As a high elevation reference specialist and gravity defier, Kirby makes sure that I venture out of the studio periodically to find creative inspiration rock climbing and skiing. Kirby is in charge of making sure we actually reach our adventure destination, which can be a tough task when I have my camera or sketch book ready for action. I always wants to stop to draw or photograph for "just a little bit". ;) Once back in the studio he makes sure I have everything needed for my current creative endeavors.
Inspiration, Fresh Air Coordinator, & Carrot Enthusiast
Big Mac is my trusty steed. He is a seventeen hand, Clydesdale draft horse gelding who self identifies as a misunderstood thoroughbred racehorse. He loves to run, jump, and eat carrots, lots of carrots. Big Mac enjoys taking me on trail rides when I seek inspiration, though his main focus on these rides is snatching as much grass as possible. He often poses for reference drawings and photographs in exchange for peppermints.
Studio Supervisor, Lap Warmer, & Undercover Agent
Little Dude is my not-really-that-brave cat who makes a point of supervising my artwork creation and writing every step of the way. When not watching birds or hunting the laser pen light, he can be found under a pile of blankets catnapping. Little Dude is fascinated by printers and tries to grab the paper with his teeth before it finishes printing. He is also not really sorry for throwing up on my computer that one time, he is a cat after all. Little Dude knows that a good lap and purrrrrr session overcomes all of life's big, and little, mishaps.