Sunday, February 3, 2013

Artist Profile - Callista Bond (Kansas City)

Callista Bond

Callista is a graphic designer, artist, decorator, avid crafter, photographer... to put it short, she's a Creative. She's lived in the Kansas City metro area for over 4 years now, but is originally from Columbia, Missouri.

She loves all aspects of art. Creativity makes her a very happy camper. She's been drawing and painting since she could hold a crayon. Her mother still has her first recognizable drawing from when she was one; a bean that somewhat resembled Santa Claus and it was all uphill from there. She's always been interested in portraiture, but before diving into photography, her portraits were painted on canvas. She still paints and you can see some of her work in the Fine Art section of her website.

Just like any fine artist, her personal style is always growing and changing. She loves romantic, bright images, unique compositions and bursts of color. When she photographs an individual, a couple or a family she wants to capture a moment for her clients to remember and share for years to come.

 "Arkansas Growth"


Why are you an artist?

That's a hard question to answer. I have absolutely no idea why I'm an artist. I just am and have always been. I've been drawing since I was 1 - yes my mother has my Santa Claus scribble in my baby book. My parents would buy me dolls, board games, blocks, the works. But my favorite gifts were the reams (boxes and boxes) of computer paper my dad would bring home from work. I would spend hours upon hours with my giant tub of crayons and drawing pencils, filling the pages with illustrations. I was born to be an artist. I'm the most content when I'm creating. It's not specified to a particular form of art. I do whatever I can or feel inspired to do, whether it's a sketch, a painting, photography, performance chalk art, or graphic design.


What is your inspiration?

There are so many things that act as inspiration. However, I would have to say most of my inspiration comes from light and color. I'm obsessed with bold and beautiful color. It makes me happy. As far as people go, I'm inspired by the artists around me. I have many friends who are artists and I find inspiration in all of them. Not necessarily their style of art, but their passion for art. It drives me to continue creating.

 "Patty's Garden"


Would you consider yourself a designer or artist or both?

I consider myself both a designer and an artist. I have a full time job as a graphic designer for an animal health product distributor, as well as a freelance graphic design business. This is in addition to my fine art and photography business. However, I do consider them separate. The designer side and the artist side feed different needs. My designer side is a more structured message. I'm typically designing and creating for someone else and for a specific purpose or outcome. The artist side is more conceptual, it's me letting loose and exploring ideas and dreams. I love to share those ideas and dreams of others, but I create art to satisfy myself.

 "Chalk Art"

What is your philosophy of Art?

I wrote a paper and created a piece of artwork on this back in college. I created a painting on canvas showing a woman screaming. From her mouth was a stream of bacteria... subtle, right? The message I wanted to portray in the piece is that over the years art is what people say it is, even if it's complete crap - literally. Am I wrong in believing something is a complete mess of scribbles and cluttered junk? No. Is another person wrong for having a strong connection with it? Of course not. Art is truly in the eye of the beholder, and as the people of the world change - so does art.

 "Portrait of a Woman"

What is the role of the artist in our society?

It depends. Some artists inspire. Some just clone beauty. Some invoke emotional responses, such as rage, sadness, happiness.... but ultimately, an artist's role is to keep the minds of society open to new perspectives and new ideas. It's not necessarily facts that alter perspective, it's what tugs at your heartstrings.


Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years? What are your ultimate goals as an artist?

I'm not trying to make a big name for myself. I just want to leave a little mark in a few lives. I create art because it's what I was born to do. My goal is to create artwork I'm proud of. In 5 years I hope to be doing the same thing I do everyday... but more of it.


What does art mean to you?

Art = Me + Everything
That's putting it short. Art is a huge part of my life, I know I couldn't live without a creative outlet. When you're an artist, it's a huge part of who you are. What makes you tick. I don't just do it because it's fun. It's because my mind and heart say I have to.


Past Shows:

Skinless Productions Gallery [2008]
Kansas City Artist Coalition Undergraduate College Student Exhibition [2006], [2007]
UCM Student Citation Exhibition [2005], [2006], [2007]
Sponsored exhibition at the Artisan of Columbia, MO. [2002]

Upcoming Shows:

Currently working on new pieces, shows are unscheduled at this time - planning for good things in late 2013.

Contact Information: - Fine Art & Photography - Graphic Design Services


1 comment:

  1. I'm so proud of you Callista!!!! If anyone likes my look from the photo titled Serena, please like my model page at Thanks so much!