I met Kerstin (Kris) Engman close to 30 years ago, and all during that time I have been amazed by her work. Initially trained as a sculptor, she has since branched out into several media: drawing, oil painting, encaustic, graphics, calligraphy, etc. in both representational and abstract modes. Kerstin has an unceasing curiosity about the world, and she has never been content to rest on the laurels of past successes. About her oil paintings she says “I paint primarily from the midcoast Maine landscape and its surrounding farms, with occasional diversions into the common still life of the vegetable or a view into everyday life at home.”
Kerstin was born in New England, educated at the Maine College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and taught in the Hungarian Public Schools. In 1997, she founded Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Kalocsa, Hungary and her hometown of Belfast, Maine. Kerstin has lectured and taught at various colleges throughout the Northeast and lives in midcoast Maine where she teachs at the University of Maine in Orono.