"Art shouldn't be complicated. You should just be able to see it for what it is." - Kait
People often ask me "How do you do it?" Honestly, I can’t tell you. Not because I have a motive not to, but because I honestly do not know myself how I do it. I do know, however, that I have been drawn to art ever since I was as a small child. After my parents’ divorce, I had moved from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh where I then moved around multiple times in just a few short years. Throughout that time, I was always entering color contests and drawing constantly. Although art was my safe haven, I never took it seriously as a possible career choice - not until I met my now mentor and “life saver” Mrs. Jane Riccardi. I took my first elective art class in high school where Mrs. Riccardi introduced me to my medium of choice oil paints, as well as other mediums that I've dabbled with, such as charcoal, acrylics and colored pencils. After the first few minutes of painting with oils, it was love at first sight. I was hooked. From the way I naturally knew how to mix my colors to the aroma of the paints, it was almost like it was meant to be. My teacher supported and believed in me throughout school and entered me into some of my biggest competitions. I won Best of Show at a Pittsburgh Technical Institute show, and 1st place in the 18th district of Pennsylvania where my artwork was displayed in the U.S capitol building for a year. With the help of these experiences on my resume, I was accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design. Although I was accepted, I decided art school was not the best choice for me. I had my own vision as to what I wanted my art career to blossom into. Instead, I decided to take an unconventional risk that has paid off and now own my own art business today.
My passion and favorite subject to paint is people. I feel like the more I paint the person, the more they come to life. Naming the person in the painting is my favorite part. Giving them their own name gives them their own identity; like as if you’re naming your own child. They become a real person to me and their face portrays a mysterious life to the public. I also love aspects of humor in my work. Whether it’s getting to name the piece or the concept, I like to show a little slice of my humor and a touch of personality.
So to go back and answer the question, “How do I do it? “l myself do not know. But, like all of my art, I’m working on it.
My family ; Thank you for supporting and letting me find my path.
To artist Linda Barnicott who is an incredibly inspirational artist, mentor, and all around admirable woman.
And to my art teacher Mrs. Jane Riccardi to whom I give credit for my motivation and passion for art. Thank you for helping me discover my talent and believing in me every step of the way.
I owe it all to you.