|Kristy Watson, Artist
Born on a farm in Fremont, Michigan, the youngest of six children of Jack and Lois Sanderson.
Kristy has been painting since 1986. She was most inspired under the teachings of the late Dean St. Clair when she attended a horseback riding and painting workshop with her sister, Jackie, in Canyon de Chelly, AZ in 2000. Dean St. Clair taught his students to notice how light is reflected on a horse's body by the surrounding environment.
This attention to light and color is reflected in Watson's use of her palette. Blues and purples are in the shadows, while yellows and oranges are in the highlights. In Watson's paintings, green grass gets reflected onto the horse's belly, while the blue of the sky is reflected onto the horse's back. In Kristy's equine and bovine inspired art, she strives to pick up the essence of personality and the soul of the animal.
As well as being an artist, Kristy is also a graphic designer of Polonyx Graphic Design and the inventor of Ground Control Urethane Horseshoes, which she and her husband, Todd, market around the world. Kristy is past president of the Boerne Area Artists Association and past President of the Agricultural Heritage Center & Museum in Boerne. Kristy is the manager of the Boerne White Sox Vintage Base Ball Team.
|Kristy is shown here riding her horse, "Hickory," who passed away July 2004. He was her favorite horse of 14 years and inspired the design for Ground Control Horseshoes.|
|Going Way Back... The Pony years
Any time that Kristy could get away from the farm chores she would ride her pony bareback two miles up the road to where her friend lived. Those were Kristys grungy years when her legs were full of pony sweat and she didnt care if there was a big knot in her long blonde hair. She would ride with her friend for miles all day long. Sometimes she would come home in the dark, which always got her into trouble. On days when Kristy would spend the night at her friends house, they would get up early in the morning to ride before school. During winter they would hitch a sled to the back of a pony. One would ride while the other was pulled behind over the snowy ditches. Horses were her life. One day, she even brought one to school for show and tell.
In third grade, Kristy was selected by her teacher to participate in a gifted art program once a week. As she puts it, It was weird being singled out of the class of other students. I was put into a room with older kids and everybody kind of did their own thing. Some of the kids were good at math, some were good at writing, and there I was with a canvas and acrylic paints. Every subject that I painted seemed to have a horse in it. Winning poster contests and other art accomplishments during my younger years encouraged me to focus on art later in my life.
Highschool ... The Art & Science years
Kristys father got into Standardbred harness racing after retiring from teaching agriculture. Now with race horses in the barn, Kristy learned that horses had to be conditioned to compete successfully just like any top athlete. She entered a science challenge project her senior year of high school with race horse training as the focus.
College ... Focusing on the future
At Michigan State University, Kristy studied graphic design and geography. Realistic as she was, Kristy thought she had to have another major to balance an art major if things didnt work out.
Texas ... Calling The Hill Country Home
"Traveling to the Hill Country for the second interview for Gousha, I remember seeing the beautiful wildflowers in the spring and all of the horses in the area. I was certain that even if I didnt get the job, this was the place for me.
Kristy decided that the only way to truly be happy and secure in life is to own your own business. So, in 1996, Kristy and her husband, Todd, started Polonyx Graphic Design. Their office is located in Boerne, Texas. The name Polonyx comes from the combination of their two dogs, Polar, their white lab and Onyx, their black lab.
Ground Control Horseshoes... New Invention Brings New Beginnings
In 2000 Kristy invented a urethane horseshoe called Ground Control. www.PlasticHorseshoes.com The goal was to get better traction than metal shoes, and keep horses sound with better shock absorption.
|Kristy jumping bareback on her pony, "Wildfire". The Hubbard squash in the background were grown on the farm for Gerber Baby Food.|