Public Art and Community Work

Part of the job of being an artist is to impact others. Often the comes with simply creating work that makes people happy and that they want in their homes, but for Krista it goes beyond that. She is moved to user her creativity to improve society.


Volunteering at the Local Progressive Talk Radio Station

Every Friday morning from 6am-9am, Krista volunteers at 94.7 WPVC, the progressive voice of Charlottesville’s. She plays the local ads during breaks from the syndicated political talk radio shows and reads the weather and public service announcements. She’s also working on developing merch for the radio station.

Krista believes strongly in progressive politics, equal rights, action to fight climate change, and many other issues. It often seeps into her painting since she listens to WPVC while she paints. Eventually she was called to do more than listen and now volunteers at the radio station to help get the progressive message out there.

Community Unity

In response to the rise of violence by white supremacist and division in our country with the election of Donald Trump, Krista and an activist friend collaborated to develop iconic yard signs that have sprung up all over town. The signs are meant to invite unity in the community for people of all skin colors, genders, sexual orientations, religious beliefs. The signs reject racism, masogony, and all forms of discrimination. The need to act in the face of cruelty and violence became even stronger on August 11 and 12, 2017 when the KKK and other white nationalists groups came to our town of Charlottesville, VA. We’ve worked hard to make these signs visible in Charlottesville and beyond and were thrilled that they were used in non-violent protest during the Women's March in 2018 and the march from Charlottesville to Washington, DC to confront white supremacy. Read more about Community Unity efforts and activities and follow us on Facebook.


Art in Healthcare

Krista’s work has been acquired by the University of Virginia Medical Center and placed in their main lobby. These works represent the downtown Charlottesville area and hopefully help bring some hope and sunshine to people as they pass through the hospital lobby. They are located near the gift shop on the first floor of the main hospital building.


Martha Jefferson Hospital also has three of Krista’s paintings. Two are in waiting rooms and this pastoral painting called “Freedom” is in the hospital’s main lobby next to the elevators and near the coffee shop.


Serving Scientific Research

When Krista is not painting, she applies her creative skills at the National Institutes of Health on a communications team that creates access to the latest life-saving infectious and allergic disease research and technology for scientists and the public. She does website design and information architecture as well as creates scientific and patient education illustrations. Her work can be found on the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website and Flickr site. In addition, some of her works have appeared on the side of buses, in patient brochures, in public campaigns, and more. These are just a few examples:

Herd Immunity

This image is one of the most commonly used graphics to depict the impact of vaccination to not only protect yourself from disease but to protect those who cannot get immunized because of age or health related issues. It has been used by PBS, Vox, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and many more. This image was even placed on the side of a bus that was going into communities to vaccinate people.


The Immune System

This is part of a series of cards explaining the cells and other parts of the immune system as well as the microscopic pathogens that attack humans everyday. Each of these cards is available in English and Spanish and has been used to support scientific articles and on social media to help the public understand the science.


Mosquito-Carried Diseases

Mosquitoes cause more human disease and death than any other animal. This illustration was used in social media and print to promote awareness of mosquito-borne diseases.



This illustration was part of a series that explained eczema and and how different treatments work or don’t work. These were used as patient hand-outs so the patient and care-givers can better understand how to manage eczema.


Giving to Charity

Every year Krista chooses one or two local charities to donate her work at auction to raise money for members of her community in need and to support the arts. In recent years, she has given to the following organizations:


Women’s Initiative

Mission: The mission of The Women’s Initiative is to provide women with effective counseling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth. All women in our community will have access to innovative, effective, evidence-based mental health care.



The Haven

The Haven endeavors to end homelessness in the greater Charlottesville community.

Mission: Motivated by radical hospitality, we strive to be the point of entry for people seeking stable housing. We open the doors wide for any and everyone, no matter their circumstances. Every day, our trained staff and dedicated community volunteers come together, working side by side to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring for our neighbors.



The Shelter for Help in Emergency

The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) works to support and empower victims of domestic violence through a combination of residential, community-based and outreach services.

Mission Statement:  Working to end domestic violence in our community

Philosophy Statement: The Shelter for Help in Emergency is committed to providing a safe, supportive, confidential, and respectful environment in which survivors of domestic violence are empowered with the knowledge of personal and community resources as well as the skills needed to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.



Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery is committed to offering Charlottesville and the central Virginia region leading-edge new art in perspective and context, and to fostering an active and open appreciation of this art by directly engaging the issues surrounding works by the best contemporary artists in the field.

Mission Statement: SSG's primary mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. To this end, SSG promotes contemporary artists through the presentation of their work in a professional gallery and encourages an appreciation of contemporary art and culture by educating the public through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, classes, tours, and publications.