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Kirsten Hagen

  • 1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
  • "The Artist Wall"

About The Artist

Artist Statement

California’s West Coast renders some of the most breath-taking views in the world. The jagged coastlines, water, hills, skies, and people are the basis for many of my acrylic and oil paintings. Adventures to beautiful natural destinations are captured in my memory or a photo. The pictures I take become the beginning of my canvases, which evolve, after many layers of paints, into a living memory. I paint what makes me happy, the places I’d like to remember, or places that have moved me in some way.  Water is often a recurring theme and for me it represents an element of mystery as well as tranquility.  I hope my bold, vibrant colors and moody blues capture my passion for where I live and the exploration of the unknown.


Kirsten Hagen’s illustrative paintings recall and reveal familiar moments and landscapes through their depictions of coastal California. While firmly rooted in regionalism and including some iconic aspects of the San Francisco bay, Hagen’s stylistic choices suggest more universal and idyllic places. Part of this is Hagen’s colorful palette of her composition and textures, suggests places you want to visit.

Hagen works from her own photographs, building off these to create what she calls a “living memory.” Although fortunate enough to work with naturally beautiful source material, Hagen’s treatments in oil and acrylic and her selective use of more vibrant colors aids in the creation of a narrative in each painting. In particular, Hagen uses physical distance to ground her work, with far landscapes shrouded in opacity, but still extant. In this regard, there’s a sense of scope and continuity, with the depiction in each scene hinting at both return and renewal.


Art Medium(s)

Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint

Group Studio Details

ArtWorksDowntown San Rafael, CA

“The Artist Wall”

Studio Information

Building Name

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA

Studio Or Unit Number

"The Artist Wall"

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Downstairs from main reception area

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Contact Information

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Contact Email Address

(415) 307-4424

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