I am Kristye, a contemporary abstract painter, designer, writer, illustrator, and teacher living in Northern Virginia.

I see the figure as a shell for the spirit. I enjoy using impressionistic strokes, featureless faces, and expressive forms to exhibit the universal emotions we all share. I explore nature, life, and the beauty of emotional self-reflection in the world around us. I hope that my work will touch and inspire you.

Kristye Dudley


I'm a South Carolina native, where my dad, an architect, first handed me a pencil to sketch. Those early drawings, from intricate floor patterns to stylish church hats, ignited my lifelong love for art. I was fascinated by colors and shapes, leading me to embrace a path in abstract painting, graphic design, and surface design. After earning a BFA in painting and a Master's in Graphic Communications from Clemson University, I worked in various roles in printing, advertising, and art direction, all while continuously fueling my passion for creating art.

 I now live in northern Virginia with my lovely family, I cherish our journey, which includes moving seven times in 12 years as a military wife. Our memorable four and a half years in Italy enriched my artistic style. From cheering in college to the NFL, I still find joy in a spontaneous dance, anywhere, anytime. in 2020, I overcame a tough battle with uterine cancer, I’m now a proud survivor, drawing strength and inspiration from each new day.

For 20 years, I've dedicated myself to mastering my art and contributing to the art community. It's been a joy to share my work with passionate collectors.

Exhibits, Experience, and Education

Group Exhibits 

2021 Blue Print Surface Design Show - Online

2015 Painted Door Gallery, Warner Robins, GA

2012 artspace, Shreveport, LA

2005 Clemson University Department of Art Women’s Juried 
Alumnae Exhibition, Clemson, SC

2005 NY Art Expo, New York City, NY

2005 Irving Black Arts Council “In the Spirit: An Artistic 
Portrayal of Life”, Irving, TX - 

2004 “Rise Above: The Art of Martell” National Black Arts 
Festival Atlanta, GA

2004 “Beginning the Game” The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA

1999 King & Spaulding’s African American Exhibit, Atlanta, GA

1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibit 
Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Solo Exhibits 

2015 Painted Door Gallery, Warner Robins, GA

2003-2015 Georgian Gallery, Stockbridge, GA

2005-2006 Gallery 253, Atlanta, GA

2002 The Inn at Eagles Landing, Stockbridge, GA

Collections & Philanthropy

“In the Huddle” NFL Atlanta Falcons

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Various private collections and commissions

Over $10,000 in donated art classes, art, and community service. 


1995 Bachelor of Fine Art, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2000 Masters of Science in Graphic Communications, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Art Direction/Art Instructor 

Art Director/Graphic Designer/Account Executive - for 20 years in Advertising and Corporate Marketing

Gifted and Talented Art Teacher - Bossier Parrish Elementary Schools | Bossier City, LA

Art Instructor - Online and in-person painting classes for children and adults