Bio & Artist Statement

ARTIST BIO

Chanda Kraft, an Alexandria, MN visual artist, captures landscapes, florals, and wildlife in oil, watercolor, and drawing mediums. Her home studio overlooks Lake Carlos where she lives with her husband Philip and her two children. One of her earliest memories as an artist was as a child she had a favorite climbing tree where she would take her box of crayons up and draw pictures all over the bark of the tree as far as she could reach. Her family cultivated respect and appreciation for nature through outdoor adventures including numerous camping and Boundary Waters canoe trips. After working in graphic design for many years, she managed a small farm raising Lamancha dairy goats. Although she no longer farms, she is still an advocate for sustainability and wilderness conservation. She holds degrees in graphic design, psychology, and teaching. She enjoys teaching art workshops, outdoor activities with her family, hand-spinning yarn, knitting, and classical guitar.

Artist Statement

Gratitude and curiosity for nature compel Chanda Kraft’s work. Exploring wilderness and creating art from those experiences are spiritually, physically, and emotionally restorative practices that connect her to nature and reduce anxiety. Her work is a contribution to the growing collective of women’s experiences with wilderness and brings awareness to conservation needs. Protecting the environment is crucial to preserve biodiversity, clean water and air, and undisturbed places for people to momentarily escape modern life’s demands now and for future generations.

Copyright Chanda Kraft 2019 – All rights reserved.