There is nothing that makes me happier than to connect with fellow artists who share the same inspirations! It is always so enlightening seeing how two artists can look at the exact same thing and create something completely unique. Kristen Wiltshire paints beautiful works all inspired by plants and nature. She has such a soft and delicate touch as she creates green leafy patterns and botanical wreaths. Just like any other plant lover, Kristen fills her home with houseplants to keep her inspiration fresh and to surround herself with what makes her happy!
What is your favorite kind of plants?
Which plant represents you the most?
Jasminum officinale. Also known as "poet's jasmine".
Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
Since I was a child, I was always fascinated with the complexity of plants, I remember being absolutely overwhelmed by them while on hikes in the forest or walking through gardens. I truly fell in love with plants when I learned how to paint, and they became my muse. Florals, leaves, vines; they tell stories and bring so much beauty and balance to me.
Tell us about your favorite ways to decorate with plants?
I am all about the greenery. I have an eclectic mix of plants in every corner and windowsill of my home from succulents, cacti, ferns, and hanging philodendrons to the massive Monstera deliciosa that takes up much of my small living room. I just like to see plants everywhere, especially surrounding me in my work area.
Why do you feel houseplants are necessary for your home?
When I walk into my home after a long day of work, It brings me joy to enter my little world of things that make me feel happy and at peace. Plants are a huge part of that. When I am working on my paintings at home, they bring inspiration. It feels good to be surrounded by nature that is growing and responding to the care that you give it.
What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
I've collected a variety of unique pots for my plants, mostly all from Verde Terrariums, a local plant lover paradise in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I like to find uniquely designed plant holders in different shapes and sizes and am drawn to anything gold and white. Since I tend to surround my work area with plants, jars of paint brushes and splatters of metallic paint are some must-have accessories for my plant corner.
Have you noticed any trends in houseplants?
I've noticed that the trend of bringing tropicals into the home has just exploded. I am not complaining! I live in an area that has less than half a year of warmth and green, weather-wise. It is so nice to be surrounded by tropicals indoors during the long winter.
What's the next plant you want to get?
I am on the lookout for a Senecio rowleyanus (string of pearls) to hang up in the window by my painting desk. If I can commit to an even tighter plant-to-living-space ratio, I would love a fiddle leaf fig of my very own.
Who are some of your favorite plant ladies?
Some local favorites are: @creeryan , @shylebrandi and @heather_page
Do you have any tips for aspiring plant lady?
Plants can be intimidating especially in learning how to keep them alive and well. If you love plants, start collecting them! If they are not doing well in the way that you have them in your home, move them around and research what type of environment they like. Sometimes it's just about making a few small changes. It is so worth the beauty they bring into your living space!
Learn more about Kristen below!
Kristen Aleida Art