I’m very excited with today’s unik feature. It’s with an artist whose work I’ve featured on my blog before and have admired for sometime. It’s Karin Grow! She is a full-time artists living in a beautiful little beach town with her 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 chickens, bees, and one husband. She spent her early years in a thousand art classes, working a million different jobs which enabled her to do what she’s doing now. Read on!
How did you get into art? Tell me how and when everything started.
When I first read this I couldn’t help but laugh since my husbands name is Art. He so eagerly came up with his own response. My mom is an artist so I have to give her the credit for nurturing that part of me. I remember spending hours drawing and painting as a kid. I could never get enough.
When did you first know that you wanted to be artist?
There was never a time that I didn’t want to be an artist. When I was little and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said “an artist and a veterinarian.” Now I’m a full time artist and have a whole slew of furry family members.
If you weren’t in the art industry, what would you like to be doing? I think I should change the second part of your question to “what would you be doing?” rather than “what would you like to do?” I can’t imagine not being in some sort of creative industry. If I wasn’t able to be an artist, you would most likely find me walking aimlessly down dark streets searching for myself.
Tell us about your fabulous store and what products or service you offer? My Etsy shop carries just about everything I create that’s easy enough to ship. I have lots of original paintings, prints, candles, my fabric, jewelry, felted birdies and owls, etc…..
How would you describe your personal style? My personal style is very eclectic, vintage, colorful and inspired by nature.
Who is your favorite artist? That’s a tough one. I have a lot of favorites. If I had to just pick one it would be Beatriz Milhazes from Brazil.
If you had a choice of all the artists in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why? I would love to work for Milhazes, because she loves color the way I do and I’m sure she could teach me some pretty cool techniques. She also has a very down to earth personality and I think we’d hit it off.
Are there any special projects you would like to work on? There’s always something brewing in my head waiting to formulate into something. Right now, I’m working on some new designs for my fabric line which incorporates images from some of my paintings.
Which magazines do you read? Which magazine is your favorite? Well, I’ve been a bit disappointed with my magazines lately. They are all sooooo thin and full of adds. I used to read Domino (so sad they’re gone), Country Living (still okay, but starting to get bored), and Sunset Magazine (because that’s what they’re sending me to replace my old Domino).
What do you see on Etsy that you think is really great? There is so much to look at on Etsy. Some say it’s overwhelming, but I love that there’s a huge selection to choose from. Who wants to shop at a place that only carries one kind of soap?
What motivates you? My husband “Art”, my friends, and this beautiful place that I call home. Cheesy huh?
What’s next for you? I’m not quite sure. Last year was such a big year for me with teaching art classes and doing a lot more shows. I’ll have to wait and see how things evolve.
What do you do in your down time?
What’s down time? I keep my life fairly balanced so that I can’t tell if I’m working or playing.
Image by Karin Grow