Kristjana Gunnars studied studio art at Oregon State University with artist and teacher Shep Levine, and later art theory at the University of Regina with teacher Eugene Dawson, before turning to literary studies. She has been a practicing literary writer since 1980, and studied aesthetic and literary theory with writer and teacher Robert Kroetsch at the University of Manitoba. She taught writing and English in various universities before joining the University of Alberta as Professor of English and Creative Writing. Her work with writing in the context of literary theory expanded into art theory and aesthetics, which became a full time art practice upon leaving the university. More lately she has been learning cutting edge acrylic techniques from various artists and teachers in workshops.
"winter # 2", acrylic and mediums on exhibition canvas, 18" x 72", (sold)
"the red house," oil on canvas, 12' x 12"