Kristen Gilje is a full-time artist who works in her Bellingham WA studio on art commissions for sacred spaces. She makes large colorful works on silk for seasonal use, which can be seen in churches from coast to coast. Kristen spent 9 years as Artist in Residence at Holden village, near Chelan, WA, where she learned the value of making art for and with a worshiping community. A 1978 graduate from St. Olaf College, her senior concentration was entitled “Art as Expression of the Holy.” Kristen has been combining ideas about art and theology in her work ever since. Her artistic mediums besides silk include watercolor, oil paints and acrylics.