Marin Arts & Culture May 2017 - Page 15

ith my digital work, I first create visual elements with traditional painting methods - acrylics, pastels etc. I then digitize those elements and combine them with digital By John Kraft lustration. I’ve been fortunate over the years to have my work featured or exhibited by companies like Apple and Intel and have been invited to participate in events like Art for T he richest guy in town… A throwback to the phrase from the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, but also a line I sometimes use to describe the good fortune I’ve found in my own life. I’m a Marin-based artist and my wife, Nikki Einfeld, is a Canadian-born lyric coloratura soprano. We met back in the Summer of 2003 while she was participating in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. She was later selected to participate in the company’s prestigious Adler Fellowship Program, which gave me a great opportunity to ask for a second date. After considering the difference in temperature between Winnipeg and San Francisco, she accepted my proposal and we were married in 2005 at the opera house. Two years later we relocated to Marin, where we’ve continued to build a life infused with both art and music—oh, and kids! Our daughters Sienna (age 9) and Kira (age 6) are already spreading their creative wings and making us proud. I admit that while I appreciated opera before Nikki and I met, I did not have a complete understanding of the extraordinary music and storytelling associated with the art form. My indoctrination was both intense and pleasant; watching six straight performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville with Nikki in the lead female role of Rosina. I had no idea someone could sing that high and that fast; all while delivering a compelling and hilarious performance. Yes, this too was part of my education; to learn that operas can be laugh-out-loud funny. I subsequently saw her perform as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment and Susanna in Mozart’s classic The Marriage of Figaro—to name just a few. Nikki’s Lucia stands out in my memory both because of her MARIN ARTS & CULTURE 15