Kristin Link

McCarthy
2023 Project AwardVisual Arts2012 Project AwardVisual Arts

About the artist

From her website: Kristin Link is a fine artist and science illustrator inspired by the natural world. Her drawings, paintings, and mixed media works connect people to nature while inspiring curiosity and learning.

2023 Project Award

Link will work towards reaching several career milestones. Her practice of field sketching and nature journaling is part of a growing movement to slow down, pay attention and stay curious in an increasingly busy and digitally driven world.

Link recently accepted an offer from Timber Press to create and publish a book about the art of field sketching. She will also co-curate and contribute to an exhibit about sketchbooks at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks with the working title, “Spark: Making Thinking Visible.” The months-long exhibit will open in 2024 and may travel to other venues. In the summer of 2023, Link served as the Bureau of Land Management artist-in-residence at Toolik Field Station and along the Dalton Highway.

This award will support her time, both in the field during the summer and in the studio, as well as resources needed to prepare and finish field sketches for the book and exhibition. Link will hire a photographer to document her process for working outside and a virtual assistant to help manage her workload and social media.

2012 Project Award

Link will travel and field sketching in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve.

Artwork samples

Top left: “Woodpecker study” / watercolor and pen / 2022. Right: “Edible Alaskan Mushrooms” / pen and ink illustration published in Edible Alaska magazine / 2021. Bottom: “Stairway Sketch” / photo of sketch in watercolor and pen / dinner time light at Eerie Lake Camp / 2021. Artwork by Kristin Link.