About the Artist: Crystal Klekot

Ever since I can remember, I've enjoyed being creative and having little projects on the side to keep me busy. As a former Daycare Provider, I loved incorporating art and learning together. From Halloween to Valentine's Day there was always a new idea in my head for a fun craft.

After my first child, art played a big role in my life. I've decorated his room 3 different times. Currently, there is a gigantic Volcano taking over the wall of his bedroom!

Previously, I was a part-time framer for 3.5 years. I can say that framing is a great skill to have for any artist. A Professional Framer has a lot of work to do — not too many people realize the amount of work that actually goes into framing, matting, and shadowboxing. In the end, it is always worth the time and money, when you see the ending results.

I enjoy spending time with my family, bike riding, fishing, nature walks, playing guitar, cooking, and taking pictures. At times, I'm attached to the camera. Painting is kind of the norm around my house and I wouldn't have it any other way. I once let my son and niece dip their paint trays into a kiddie pool and watched as they immediately wanted to add "more paint." Color is all around us, you make what you want with it, even if it does make a mess.


Artwork Interpretation: "There's a Buffalo in My Heart"

This painting portrays Mother and Son, looking out into the Prairie. Their presence is peaceful, as they take the time to watch these magnificent creatures. "There's a Buffalo in my heart", brings back fond memories as a kid, growing up in Fort Riley, Kansas. I always enjoyed visiting them at the Corral.

In addition to enjoying these animals, I learned a lot about them in school. The American Buffalo is recognized as the official Kansas state animal, and the Kansas song, happens to be, "Home On The Range". I can't tell you how many times I sang that song!!!

"... Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day ..."