Kirsten Merinda

Meet Kirsten, artist, dreamer and creator.


RYB: How and when did art become a part of your life?

KM: I was an artist before I held a brush, from beyond as I imagine this for every one of us.

RYB: How have you seen your art evolve over the years?

KM: Pencil was my first love, as soon as I could pick up a pencil. As an adolescent, I was introduced to oil paint, which then evolved to working with watercolor, encaustic and now mixed media. I have arrived where I always saw my art, which is large scale, expansive, oceanic and celestial.

RYB: Currently, what are 3 themes (or aspects) that are influencing your art?


  • Nature and my dreamworld.
  • The experience of observing the world shift and evolve.
  • Recent risk taking, stepping into new territory and growth.

RYB: What are 3 simple pleasures that always bring you inspiration for your art work:


  • Water, sky and the unknown.
  • Integrating obstacles and gifts.
  • Incorporating natural remedies in my daily self care routine.

RYB: When your not creating art, where can we find you?


  • Homebodying.
  • Creating and painting.
  • In the sunshine and water, either somewhere totally comfortable, or somewhere totally new. I love both stability and adventure and am learning to love every step in between.

RYB: When/how did your love for yoga begin?

KM: During high school, though more intentionally in college. Since then, it's evolved to both a physically active experience as well as real time, real life experience. When I remember to surrender, everything seems to fall into place.

RYB: How has yoga shaped your art?

KM: It shows up as a reminder that we can and do survive and grow through uncomfortable experiences.

RYB: How has your art shaped your yoga practice?


KM: Life is yoga, yoga is art, art is life. They all weave together and feed one another. 

RYB: What is a dream you would like to manifest in the next 5 years? 

KM: Living half of the year in Hawai'i, feeling free and peaceful...and sharing this with the world with my and my husband's other companies, TruthPaste and

RYB: What is the best piece of advice you would tell your younger self? 

KM: Trust yourself. Trust the happy moments and the harder moments. Trust the unfolding. Read and travel and love.


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