Since before her first piece was published in the Clatskanie newspaper at the age of 12, Kristi has enjoyed graphite art, that is, drawing with a pencil. Of course that first published picture was of a horse, as horses have played a part in much of her artwork, with realism a most important element.
An attraction of graphite art is its simplicity and also portability. Heavy, smooth bristol paper is available at most art stores, as well as #2, #4, and #6 art pencils, tortillons (stumps for blend-ing), a good eraser, and Blutack to help with erasing and cleanup. Blutack is a brand of putty for mounting things on a wall without nails that can be shaped into a point and works for delicate erasing.