THE ART OF BETI KRISTOF
Story and photography by A.D. Cook
CREATIVE. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I see her beautiful artworks. Ms. Kristof takes great pride in her collaborations with collectors and designers, and it shows. These creative energy exchanges produce beautiful and dynamic artworks that can only come from her lifelong commitment of continually growing as a fine artist.
Creativity isn’t always easy. Often, Beti is approached to do challenging projects. One of her latest painting commissions is for a mother who had recently lost her young daughter to aggressive cancer. Beti herself has a son who is a cancer survivor, which has lead her to share her talents with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These experiences help her draw from a deeper compassion and understanding, specifically looking for that something extra that makes a delicate portrait so special, memorable and personal.
“I wanted to be especially sensitive in my representation of Jessica with a smile so bright and a soul that reached out to embrace us all.”
Her current series of Zen Koi artworks are an impressive collection of beautifully rendered epic paintings. Her recent visits to the Getty Villa in Malibu-inspired her to create these newest masterworks. From her first in the series, she was immediately hooked.
“As a life-long artist, my greatest joy comes from my time in the studio, creating art of lasting value.”
Beti shares that the amazing magic of her creative process is that you never know where it might lead. Her Koi paintings have inspired an impressive new line of fabrics for outdoor furniture, pillows and draperies – and of course fashion.
Throughout the ages, the term “artist” was given as a true level of achievement in the discipline of art studies. As a classically trained oil painter, Beti’s work honors that tradition. She’s created hundreds of commissions and murals throughout her impressive career. Her beautiful coffee table book, Persephone and Polka Dot Shoes is a collection of paintings and inspirational writings showcasing some of her favorites. True artists create – they are prolific. And even though her impressive body of work was published in 2014, she’s since created enough new beautiful artworks to soon warrant a future book. We’ll all look forward to that.
Until then, visit her online to commission something truly special and of lasting value for your collection.
Special thanks to everyone who hosted my St. Jude sculpture and shared it with your world: Eccoci, BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas, and Downtown Summerlin.