Kristen Hawkins is a local artist and author from the Carthage, MO area. She has lived her whole life in Southwest Missouri and draws on her life experiences to put feeling and life into her work. Whether it is a short story, beautiful painting, or jewelry, the experiences and joys of Kristen’s life come out in all of her work. Kristen is a skilled artist using several media forms including acrylic, water color, oil, charcoal, sculpture media, and words. Kristen is currently working on her second book and illustrating a children book series.