Interview with Krista Sullivan

Occupation: Artist, yoga and meditation teacher

Age: 42

Star Sign: Aries (everything fascinates me with childlike interest)

Lives in: Sliema with her son, aged five, and dog

Where were you educated academically and how did you view the experience?

I attended St Dorothy’s School, Mdina. I hated the repression of the nuns, the rejection and intolerance of other cultures and religions, and how they made fun of people who did not conform to their ideals. I left as soon as I could, at sixteen. 

What did you do after leaving school?

My parents separated when I was eighteen. It was an emotional time for me and I suffered emotionally. At that age young people are more interested in discovering life, not in the traumas or unhappiness of their parents, It was a very difficult period for us especially since my mother was recovering from cancer. I travelled a lot in Europe and Asia, seeking what I had not found in school and home. Then, in my twenties I studied at Beauty School, and I studied also Ayurvedic bodywork and yoga in Sri Lanka. I became a holistic bodywork therapist while also teaching yoga.

At thirty-five years of age I wanted a change. I took a job in administration and started studying psychology. Three years later I became pregnant and the birth of my son changed so much for me. I have always been open minded, but finally it was time to embrace my values and do something that mattered to me, for both myself and my son.

What are your current projects?

I had been a “closet” artist since childhood, but I was shy and insecure then about sharing my art. Finally, at 41, inspired especially by the pop art of Andy Warhol, and the colourful, sensual works of Gustav Klimt and Matisse, I started to work with my own pop art and colour. Actually, there are no limits to the inspiration I feel from most artists – Caravaggio… and even nature which I am in awe of.

I love to use old photos, from the elegant 1920s to 1940s period, and create my own art from those. I learned photoshop techniques and love to be creative with those. It’s a massive platform which is complex to learn but once you get the basics, the world is your oyster really. I also do the same for clients who want their own portraits, family photos or memorials of their loved ones made into special unique wall art.

My business’ name is Shindig Art Shindig is a happy meeting of people or gathering and that is what I want my art to portray – happiness. In order to lead a fascinating life, one brimming with art, music, intrigue and romance you must surround yourself with precisely those things.

What other interests do you enjoy?

Music – Bob Dylan (a wonderful rebel), John Mayor, Amy Winehouse, Adele and many more. I also love any kind of Dance, camping, horse riding and discussing ideas.

Your vision for the future?

I want to do the best I can as a human being, and to bring up a well-educated, emotionally balanced, capable son. I want to create my own art studio and working space, which others can use too. I’ve stopped teaching yoga at the moment and I’m teaching meditation.