My name is Kris Grenier, but you can call me Rainbow Dash. Hundreds of people already do.
“Rainbow Dash” was my trail name when I walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail in 2012, as well as on every long hike I’ve enjoyed since then. My first thru-hike was a coming-of-age sort of experience; it empowered me, educated me, and inspired me. My time in the woods has instilled in me a passion for life and a deep yearning to “earn my years,” as a trail friend of mine once said.
That wellspring of joy was what I drew on when I spent a significant portion of my early adult life in bed with relapsing Lyme disease and dysautonomia. It helped me to make peace with the moment while also pushing myself to do the research and the work needed to get well.
When chronic illness forced me to move back to my family’s rural Kentucky home, I found myself with surpluses of free time, of photos and journal entries from past hikes, and of wool from our little flock of pet sheep. Eventually, I started to experiment with fiber art, and I happened to needle-felt a landscape just for fun one day. I was hooked: Here was an interactive, kinetic way to revisit the places that I loved so dearly. Wanderstruck Studio was born.
Today, I’m a full-time artist creating felted landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts and art collectors alike. While I’m currently sheltering in place, I’m looking forward to the day I’ll again be able to run ultramarathons, backpack long trails, and participate in art shows. Post-pandemic, I have my heart set on spending some more time in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
I hope you enjoy looking around the virtual studio and reading some of my stories from the trail. If you’d like to get in touch with me about my artwork, a commission request, my blog, or the trail, please feel free to contact me.
p: +1 (859) 954-2383
a: P.O. Box 7054, Cynthiana, KY 41031
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