Kait Paints For Cancer Research

Read About Kait's James Conner Painting and Getting to Meet Him Herself

 Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

This May I was asked for the second year in a row if I would create a painting of James Conner to go to auction  to raise money for Dr. Stanley Marks Cancer  research  department in the Hillman Center. Dr. Marks is well known in Pittsburgh as one of the greatest and go to doctors if you're diagnosed with cancer. When James Conner was playing football for Pitt University, at the age of 19 James was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When I was with James I asked what symptoms he had and he said he almost thought he had a cold and obviously being an athlete and being so young, cancer is the last thing that comes to your mind. Fortunately James was treated by Dr. Marks and has been in remission for 2 years now. Since then James has been an inspiration to people and athletes everywhere especially to Pittsburgh where he was soon drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he currently plays.

The original painting is done in acrylic on canvas in a 3ftx4ft size and then smeared with yellow acrylic paint. I went with this theme because my painting of Antonio Brown was a huge hit and also I only had so much to make the painting. Any time I'm in a time crunch I leave my oils behind and go for acrylics. I anticipated getting the painting done in a week MAYBE two. Ha, yeah no. There was so much more detail that I didn't take into consideration which drew the painting process out for about a month. Luckily I did get it done in time for the auction but first I was asked to meet with James first so he could autograph the painting. Last year's painting of James sold for $6000 so we had high hopes for this painting, but it completely succeeded my expectations with being sold at a whopping $11,500!! I couldn't be more grateful or excited to help raise money for Dr. Marks and the Cancer Research at the Hillman Center.

 " James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

" James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

Kait Makes The List of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest!

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Read About Kait's Newest Honor and Goal to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

This year I'm extremely grateful to be chosen as an honoree for Pittsburgh's 50 Finest and help raise funds to help extend the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. For the next 6 months I'll be taking donation, hosting a few happy hour events and auctioning off some of my artwork to raise funds. I've donated to dozens of non profits and looking forward to adding to the fundraising for The Cystics Fibrosis Foundation. With your help and donations along with me donating my time and artwork we'll be one step closer to finding a cure and helping people and children who desperately need it. People with a life expectancy up to age 5 are now living into their 40's and the number continues to rise thanks to your help. I look forward to these next 6 months of fundraising and representing the city of Pittsburgh!

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Thanks for your support and helping me reach my goal this summer! If you'd like to donate money or items for auction and also learn more about Cystic Fibrosis please go to www.pgh50finest.finestcff.org/kaitschoeb

Pittsburgh Paintings

Check Out The Two Newest Pittsburgh Paintings Kait Has Created!

 "71" Evgeni Malkin 30inx40in Acrylic on Canvas

"71" Evgeni Malkin 30inx40in Acrylic on Canvas

So I know I've been a little MIA on blog posts but I swear I've been painting! Things got a little tied up with Christmas and traveling to Seattle a couple times so I've been slacking on my posts. The first painting you'll see that I finished towards the end of 2017 was an acrylic painting of Pittsburgh Penguin Assistant Captain Evgeni Malkin. I had some spare time to add to my Pittsburgh collection of painting one of our athletes in black and white with the smear of yellow. Hockey is my favorite sport, but ironically out of all the athletes I've painted I've never painted a hockey player. I've met Geno a few times in the past and he's really cool and super goofy so that's why I decided to paint him first over the obvious choice of captain Sidney Crosby. Don't get me wrong I love me my captain. I'm sure I'll get around to painting the same version of Sid when I find the time. As David Puddy would say " Gotta support the team."

 "Bill Mazeroski" Acrylic on Canvas

"Bill Mazeroski" Acrylic on Canvas

Next up we have a commission painting I did wrapping up 2017 for my friend and client Tony and his wife Cindy. Tony chose to have me paint straight from a gorgeous photograph of legendary Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Maseroski standing in the out field of Forbes Field. Painting all of that background, I'll tell you what! Wasn't sure if there was an end in sight at times and I constantly lost track of where I was painting but it turned out perfect in the end.

Seattle I Love You

 "Seattle Skyline" 3ftx2ft Acrylic and gold leafing on Canvas

"Seattle Skyline" 3ftx2ft Acrylic and gold leafing on Canvas

Recently with the success of my Pittsburgh Skylines, I was inspired to start branching out and creating new city skylines to cater to both Seattle Natives to tourist who love the land. My boyfriend is currently stationed in the Navy just outside of Seattle which has given me the excuse to visit Seattle a couple times now and I must say I do love the city. Of course I did the touristy things of visiting Pike's Market, the famous gum wall and the Space Needle, but my second trip out there I finally got to explore the frontiers of the gorgeous environment that surrounds the city. On my second trip I got to travel through Olympic National Park and drive up to Mt. Rainier, a 14,410 foot volcano just hanging out next to city no big deal. When I decided to create the Seattle skyline I really wanted to incorporate breath taking Mt. Rainier with it. I feel everyone is very hyped about Mt. St. Helens but don't actually know about the other volcano always in sight of the city. Although black and gold are Pittsburgh's colors, I love the sleek clean look in the style I've created so I decided to stick to that color scheme for my first Seattle painting. Loving the way it turned out and future cities are to come!

Antonio and Angiosarcoma

 "84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

"84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

 Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

This year to kick off the month of August, I was asked and graciously accepted the opportunity to donate to Team Hauser in honor of Reverend Scott Hauser who lost his battle to a rare and devastating disease Angiosarcoma. After Scott's death his wife Laura and friends joined together to create Team Hauser to create awareness and raise funds for research for Angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive soft tissue sarcoma that attacks the inner lining of the blood vessels. In preparation for the Gala, I was asked if I would paint a portrait of Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. I always knew I'd wind up painting Antonio after many requests, but I wasn't sure how I'd creatively tackle (football puns) how I wanted to paint him exactly. I searched for photos online, but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind. I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. 

Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.I searched for photos online but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind.I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.

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I created Antonio's portrait with my brushes for the realistic style and for the pop of yellow to signify Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh colors, I used my palette knife to create a thick texture to the smooth backdrop. "84" was now created. The gala took place August 10th at the Circuit Center and Ballroom in South Side. The event was hosted by Rob Rossi, from WPXI and featured prizes, auctions, food and live music. I'm extremely proud of how this piece turned out and even got the thumbs up from Antonio Brown himself! For more information please visit www.teamhauser.org or www.cureasc.org to learn more about the Angiosarcoma Project.  

Raise It for Roberto

Kait takes on "The Great One"

No foolin'! On April 1st, Kait attended a private event where she was given the opportunity to have her painting of the late Roberto Clemente displayed in the museum dedicated to the former Pirate.

 Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

Kait with her painting, currently hanging in the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh

 Pittsburgh Proud

Pittsburgh Proud

A few local artists, including Kait, were tasked with creating paintings of Clemente to be displayed in the museum (located in Lawrenceville) in honor of the Pirates home opener. Among those in attendance was Clemente's own son, Roberto Jr, and former Pirates teammate, Manny Sanguillén.

 Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

Roberto Clemente Jr, Kait, former Pittsburgh Pirate Manny Sanguillén

If you're interested in purchasing the paintings done by Kait and the other artists, just want to see them in person, or want to learn more about Roberto Clemente head to The Clemente Museum's website to schedule a tour! 

 Lookin' good 21

Lookin' good 21

Painting the City Blue

Kait Creates Art at Chef's Create Gala

 Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

Kait and her painting live at the Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala

At the 4th annual Autism Speaks Chef's Create gala, Kait created a painting of the Pittsburgh skyline (arguably the prettiest skyline around if you ask us!) She chose different tones of blue to represent Autism. 

The piece went to auction and sold the night of the event to raise funds for the Autism Speaks organization. 

 Kait in action  photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

Kait in action

photo credit to Eric Pensenstadler of Video Horizons

To learn more about Autism Speaks or to donate, please visit their site at AutismSpeaks.org

Encore Please: Kait Returns to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

 Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait putting final touches on her live painting 

Kait Live Paints for the PBT

For the second year in a row, Kait was given the opportunity to live paint for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual fundraising gala!

Days before the gala, Kait met with her ballerina model to discuss poses and costumes the dancer would be using at the event to help Kait get a jump start on her painting. Kait used the lavender door to the ballet studio as inspiration for the painting's color scheme.

 Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

Kait and her friend Ali glammed up for the gala

 The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The ballerina model with her painted counterpart 

The painting went to auction at the end of the event with proceeds going to raise scholarship funds for the PBT. In total, the entire gala was able to raise more than $553,000 for the organization!

 The final product

The final product

Kait would like to express her thanks to her ballerina model and the people of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for inviting her back to take part in this year's gala! To check out Kait's past work with the PBT, head over to her post about last year's event: Theatre Welcomes Kait  

Behind The Scenes

Check out the Before and After Photos of Mayor Peduto's Birthday Painting

In October, Kait presented Mayor Peduto with an oil painting of David L. Lawrence in honor of Mayor Peduto's birthday and Pittsburgh's bicentennial. Scroll down to check out the step by step process that goes in to one of Kait's paintings. After that,  stop by the City Hall building to see Kait's work on permanent display! 

 Outlining the image onto the canvas

Outlining the image onto the canvas

 Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

Starting to add color. The blue painters tape in the bottom corner helps to create sharper lines

 The background slowly starting to take shape

The background slowly starting to take shape

 More depth 

More depth 

 More detail

More detail

 We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

We've got a face! Entering the home stretch

 The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

The final product! David L. Lawrence with a steel mill backdrop. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? 

Want to know how Mayor Peduto liked his surprise? Check out Kait's blog post about the big moment here: https://paintsbykait.com

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday to Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh!

Something that was only months in the making, somehow still felt like a lifetime to build up to this moment. I count and thank my lucky stars for every opportunity that is offered to me and this one is one of my proudest. Not only was I asked to create a painting to commemorate the city of Pittsburgh's 200th anniversary, but also a surprise birthday gift to Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto.

 Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

We went back and forth for months on what exactly to paint, what the painting will be for, and what to do with it in the end. There were countless ideas, but we wanted it to be a perfect fit for the bicentennial and the celebration. When we found out that Mayor Peduto loved a picture of former Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence, we knew it was not only exactly what needed to be painted, but it would be fantastic to have it as a surprise birthday gift for the mayor. As an added bonus, it was also the 50th anniversary of David L. Lawrence's death on November 21 during the Pittsburgh Bicentennial year. It all aligned like as if it was meant to be.

The painting was done in oil paint and is 3ftx 4ft large. And coming from someone who's only 5'2 that's a big painting. On October 31st, a day after Mayor Peduto's birthday, the mayor's staff helped arrange and organize a surprise party and a private unveiling of the painting in city hall. Needless to say Bill was extremely surprised and loves the painting. Just in case you were wondering lol. HUGE thank you to the Mayor's staff for going out of their way, believing in me, and being a backbone of support of my dreams. Words cant express how proud I am to create a painting to celebrate the city I love. Happy birthday Bill and happy birthday Pittsburgh!

 Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift  Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift

Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Game Changer Gala

 Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

As you read in the previous blog post I had the pleasure of creating artwork and attending the Game Changer and Mike Ditka Day Celebration Gala in honor of the Save Jon Foundation.  This year the Game Changer Gala was held July 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Coach Ditka along with multiple doctors and founding members, Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan serve as executive and active board members to serve Save Jon's mission. Throughout the evening aligned a ray of entertainment with everyone suited in their tux and gowns. Throughout the course of dinner were speeches by multiple PSC survivors and activists including Jamie Redford, Dr. Coach Mike Ditka, and performances by Broadway singers.

After dinner there was a live auction that was held along with my painting "Blue Steel" to help raise funds for Save Jon. Although the original painting is being loved in a great home, prints are available for sale in my store section found here.  Each print sold is going to raise proceeds to the Save Jon organization. At the Gala I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Ditka who serves on the board of Save Jon in honor of his friend Walter Payton who passed away from PSC. One of this year's honoree's and former Steeler Jahine Arnold also suffers with PSC disease. He was unable to attend the event, but fortunately it was due to good reason because he had received a successful liver transplant just a week before the gala. I'm very honored to have been asked to donate my work, and proud to help raise money for Save Jon and help spread their message. To learn more about Save Jon please go to their website at www.savejon.org

 Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

View the slide show below to view photos of the Game Changer Gala! 

All rights and photography provided by Lovas Photography. 

http://www.lovasphotos.com

Make-A-Wish Purse Bash!

Read and see the photos of Kait's collaboration with Make-A-Wish PAWV and Coldwell Banker!

So Make-A-Wish was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! One of the best events I've ever been to! Thank you to Mike Clark from WTAE  and along time supporter of MAW for speaking at the event, and huge thank you to Make-A-Wish and Coldwell Banker for having me and making one of my personal dreams come true!

When I was asked a couple months prior to the event by Coldwell Banker if I would create a piece for their Make-A-Wish event, it was a little hard to hold back the emotions. To work with Make-A-Wish has always been a personal and career dream of mine for awhile and I was excited and honored to finally have the chance. We decided the painting I would create would be auctioned off at the Purse Bash event hosted by Coldwell Banker and proceeds would benefit Make-A-Wish PAWV chapter. 

 Right to Left: Stephanie Puglisie Make-A-Wish, Kait Schoeb, Mike Clark WTAE, Andrew former Make-A-Wish recipient with Kait's painting that she donated for auction to raise funds for Make-A-Wish PAWV Chapter.

Right to Left: Stephanie Puglisie Make-A-Wish, Kait Schoeb, Mike Clark WTAE, Andrew former Make-A-Wish recipient with Kait's painting that she donated for auction to raise funds for Make-A-Wish PAWV Chapter.

Stephanie to the right of me from Make-A-Wish and Dale Tomalewski from Coldwell Banker (who took the photo) are some of the most generous people, and along with others put in so much hard work for this event. I'm so proud of everyone for creating such a successful event. Andrew on the far right is a former Make-A-Wish child who is in wonderful health and is extremely talented on the piano which he played all night at the event. Over 350 people to a sold out crowd and did I mention this was their first Purse Bash event! I can't wait to see how much bigger and better the event is going to be in the future. Due to everyone coming out and supporting Make-A-Wish's event, they helped raise over $20,000 which is going to help grant a variety of wishes to many children.

 Kait's painted "Guest Book" for guest to sign at the Purse Bash event. Acylic on canvas

Kait's painted "Guest Book" for guest to sign at the Purse Bash event. Acylic on canvas

 Kait's donated painting to Make-A-Wish. Go to "Gallery" to view a larger image.      Acrylic on canvas 24x18in

Kait's donated painting to Make-A-Wish. Go to "Gallery" to view a larger image.      Acrylic on canvas 24x18in

We liked the idea of keeping it a Pittsburgh children's theme so I tried to incorporate everything I possibly could into one painting and in enough time. I also decided to create a giant "guest book" canvas for everyone to sign when they walked into the event. I usually work with oil paints, but the downside to them is how much longer they take to dry and can really drag out a project. Acrylic paint to me is my enemy and my ally. It'll dry fast and speed up my painting time, but because they dry so fast I find it extremely difficult to blend the paints together to create a smooth look. All and all I'm extremely satisfied with how both paintings turned out. Especially painting people I want nothing less than my ideal of perfection. 

To learn more about Make-A-Wish and how you can help a child in your area please go to http://wish.org

 Kait and Mike Clark WTAE Pittsburgh

Kait and Mike Clark WTAE Pittsburgh

 Make-A-Wish Purse Bash 2016

Make-A-Wish Purse Bash 2016

Giving Back

Read and Learn About Two Charities Kait is Working With to Kick Off 2016!

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Just recently I was asked by the PERSAD Center if I would like to donate my artwork to this years Art for a Change 2016 and it was an undoubting yes from me. PERSAD Center is a local LGBTQ non profit organization that provides counseling service to the LGBTQ and people living with HIV/AIDS. I have a lot of friends in the LGBTQ community that I love dearly and I'm honored I was asked to help people who are asking for help. I've decided to donate a print of my latest Andy Warhol painting and can't wait for the events in April and May! To learn more about PERSAD or how to get involved please check out their website at www.persadcenter.org

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Another charity I'm partnering with so far this year is "A is for Art" for Shady Lane School which is a non profit preschool in Braddock. A lot of my friends including my sister are teachers, and I know first hand how hard working and underrated teachers are. I can't make the event February 20th, but I'm donating a print of my Heinz Ketchup painting to be auctioned off and help raise funds.
To learn more about Shady Lane School and their mission please go www.shadylane.org

 

Grab Your Selfie Stick!

View and read the story behind Kait's second Andy Warhol Painting

After months and months of painting and then stopping, I finally got back around to finish one of my personal favorite paintings. In this second painting of my Andy Warhol series,  I decided to tell the story of Andy receiving a selfie stick for Christmas along with his new iPhone case that happens to be a replica of his Campbell's soup can. I've been asked multiple times throughout my career if I would ever paint the Pittsburgh skyline, and my answer was yes and no. I would say no because I didn't want to just recreate an exact replica of the city when there's thousands of photographs you can already buy of the skyline. I knew I wanted to paint it at some point, but I wanted it to be by my rules, and create it with something you've never seen before. To continue the story of Andy's modern day journey, I placed him on top of the gorgeous view of Mt. Washington overlooking the city. I mean who hasn't taken a photo of themselves on Mt. Washington?! I also made sure to showcase a piece of the new PNC skyscraper to show Andy's relevance in the year 2015 and on.

 "Selfie Stick" Oil Paint on Canvas  

"Selfie Stick" Oil Paint on Canvas  

I'm so excited to keep creating different paintings and my own story lines in my Andy Warhol series. Getting the opportunity to create paintings like these are what I live and breathe for. They remind why I love being and artist and having the freedom to say what I want to say.

This painting make me so happy.

The original is not available for sale at this time but you may purchase prints through my store by clicking here.