California Artist, Oil Painter Kristen Grunewald Oil Painter, Illustrator, Adrenaline Junkie, Artist. Kristen was born and raised in Southern California and began drawing at the age of five. Her grandfather was a landscape artist in Europe, painting the villages, hillsides, and mountains of Switzerland. Her father was an artist and ‘plein air’ oil painter in the United States, and so the artistic passion was handed down to her. Primarily self-taught, Kristen favors the medium of oil painting and continues to grow as a California artist.