About

Kristen C. Kennedy   |   3/21/1964 – 10/24/2013

American artist and designer. Longtime resident of Braintree and Dedham, MA; seasonal denizen of North Truro, MA.

Endlessly curious, brilliant and prolific interior designer, decorative painter, graphic designer and renaissance maker of arts and crafts. Passionate initiator of action in all aspects of her life. Personally courageous, three-decade master of adversity.

A soul who transited here, most recently, for 49 short years, who was tremendously generous in spirit, naturally glamorous in countenance, freakishly strong in body, relentlessly creative in mind, and authentically innocent in heart.

A special, joyful being who always lit up the room. Kris was and remains truly beloved….and is now deeply missed… by her adoring partner-in-life, her devoted immediate and extended family, her steadfast array of friends, her admiring clients, her myriad professional colleagues and those fortunate enough to simply cross her bedazzling path. A deep and wide void remains on this plane since she departed.

Art Background/Experience

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS: Fini Painting, Colorvisions, and Inhabit Designs LLC

OTHER POSITIONS: Graphic Designer, Architectural Finisher, Jewelry Designer

SECONDARY & POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION:

Braintree High School (Braintree, MA) – Diploma

Parsons School of Design (New York, NY)/Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA) – Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude, Graphic Design

Museum School (Boston, MA) – Figure Drawing and Painting coursework

Newport School of Decorative Painting (Newport, RI) – Glazing, Gilding, Wood Graining and Stone Finishes coursework

Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) – Coursework in Residential Interior Design and Decorative Painting including Trompe L’Oeil and Buon Fresco

New England Institute of Art (Boston, MA) – Certificate in Residential Interior Design

The Steel Yard (Providence, RI)Welding course

Home Staging Network and International Association of Home Staging Professionals (Boston, MA)Accreditation in Home Staging

Areas of Professional Expertise

Residential interior design and decorating, including home staging, floor planning, color consultation, interior, exterior, decorative and furniture painting, gilding, staining, refinishing, architectural detailing and restoration, mural and trompe l’oeil design and execution, artistic and technical drawing, graphic design, textile creation, jewelry-making, basic residential construction and repair, occasional welding, needlepoint and sewing, personal organizing, gardening and landscaping.

AREAS OF PERSONAL EXPERTISE
(AND ENJOYMENT!)

Drinking coffee, eating dessert, cooking, baking, personal shopping and organizing, all manner of shopping, participating in online auctions, being a fashion “fast follower”, traveling, antiquing, flea marketing, DIY project making, picking and transforming trash, collecting stuff, pet caretaking, snowblowing and shoveling, spelunking through libraries, museums and galleries, watching scary movies and TV shows and ones related to home and garden, reading mystery books and plowing through art and design books, magazines, websites and stores, running, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding, fencing, going fast!, conquering Boston traffic, mastering the fine art of laundry, delighting in any kind of whimsy and anything miniature, smiling, laughing, giggling, guffawing, and engaging in special occasion planning and wizardry — most notably in the areas of holiday and birthday elving, house and tree decorating, present-wrapping, and cookie-making.