Kristina Gaughran

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Kristina Gaughran
Kristina Gaughran with Jake and the Pirates and Star Wars ornaments

Hometown and school: I’m from Osceola, Iowa. I started at Graceland College (now Graceland University) and transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute, where I graduated in 1995.

Inspiration: I am inspired by many things: cartoons (I watched a lot even before having kids!), my boys, toy stores and antique malls, all things Disney—especially Disney World! My favorite holiday is Christmas, and I love vintage Christmas items.

Best advice: “Never be satisfied.” You’ll stop pushing yourself and stop improving.

Happy place (when I’m being creative): Sometimes I will listen to music that is relevant to the character I’m working on—it really helps me. My workspace is pretty packed with things that inspire me (toys and such), but I like to have it closed off to outside distractions so I can focus on my work.

Favorite work of art (so far): Can’t really say I have a favorite, but I’ve enjoyed working on so many. Hammerhead and Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars™ are two of my favorite characters, so they were a blast to get to work on. I really enjoy working on the penguins, my fairy messenger series, and now the baby fairies.

When I’m not working: I’m a busy mommy of two boys. I love crafting when I have time, like sewing and crochet. I also love to bake.

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