My name is Kristina Webb, I am a 21 year old from New Zealand (you know, that little country people often confuse for being part of Australia) and I’m an Artist/Author/Social Media influencer.
How did I manage to gather a following of around 3 million incredible, supportive people online, publish two art books with HarperCollins NYC and collaborate with companies such as Disney, Google, Adobe and Coca-cola? Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that one out myself, but here is a bit of my back story.
Although I was born in Kiwi-land at two years old my parents whisked my sister and I away from civilization to live on a tropical island in Vanuatu. I spent my toddler days running around barefoot, jumping off waterfalls and climbing palm trees for coconuts with my head in the clouds, literally. Five year old me was then pulled back down to reality and moved to the Gold Coast, Australia and very shortly after plopped onto a boat my parents had bought. We lived on that boat for a few years sailing around the Whitsunday islands as a family, going to sleep when the sun set and waking up when it rose. My sister and I were homeschooled during the day and snorkeled our way through our school lunch breaks.
When my sister neared high school age, unfortunately, the boat was sold and we made it back to the home land of New Zealand to settle into the real world. I remember my childhood as being magical, but the most memorable moment was when I held my first pencil. I think it was then I knew I was going to be an artist.. not that I was very good at that stage of my art career, but over time, and many years of practice I branched out from my 2 year old ‘abstract’ creations to artwork that has somehow captured the attention of millions worldwide.
How that happened? Like I said, I’m not entirely sure but it had something to do with my 15 year old self deciding to create a Tumblr account and share my art online with the world. I needed a creative escape from the strict structure of school to truly let my imagination run free and this was it. ‘Colour Me Creative’ was born and after posting up a few of my drawings I got an overwhelmingly supportive response from strangers online. This was the start of an online gallery that, little did I know, would only grow from there. A year later at 16 years old I decided it would be a fun idea to fly to the other side of the world by myself and do a high school exchange in the United States. It was here I started sharing my creations on a whole new platform, Instagram.
Fast forward to 2017 and that online support has grown exponentially. My artwork has been recognized by celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and Tyra Banks. I have toured the United States with book signing tours, meeting hundreds of smiling faces along the way. Somehow I fell into my perfect job without even realizing it and it still baffles me. I didn’t plan it, I couldn’t have, my career didn’t exist a few years ago. We, as a generation through technology and the internet, made this happen and my goodness am I thankful. I’m thankful for the incredible opportunities I’ve been given, the inspiring people I’ve met along the way and for the dream projects I’ve worked on so far.
I’m looking forward to what’s next and am excited not knowing. What I do know is that as long as I have my pencils, paper, an internet connection and the ability to travel I’m happy. I’m so grateful for what I have been given, the love and support I get everyday and that my main goal in my career is to inspire as many people as possible by putting pen to paper and sharing my creations with the world.
(If you want to follow my travels, my art, my journey.. my personal Instagram account is below 🙂 )