Mae and Bebe series depicting the adventures of a Mom and her daughter.
Where are you located?
Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
What do you create?
Prints and original artwork.
Where do you sell your creations?
Prints – http://kathannah.etsy.com
Originals – http://mamenolan.net
Wholesale - http://trunkt.org/kathannah
An original painting inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland classic story.
I’m fortunate enough to have a home studio with washable wood floors for the inevitable paint spills. Never far from me, are my two giant Newfoundland dogs. They have endured the occasional blue or red splattered fur.
What inspires you?
As a wife, mom and artist there is a well of untapped inspiration to draw upon. My works illustrate aspects of inter-personal relationships, past and present. Sometimes it can be a phrase I come across, a certain play of light, or a form, which provides a basis for a painting. Painting provides me with the opportunity to express emotions, resolve issues, or just have a voice.
Is your Etsy shop a full-time job, part-time job, or hobby?
Painting is a full time profession for me. I spend about six hours during the daylight in the studio. Also, I find myself with stashes of pencils and paper in every room, just in case a stroke of inspiration should strike.
This is a fine art print of my original painting The Looking Glass.
What role does creativity play in your marketing methods?
As the old adage goes; “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so I post as many of my images as possible on blogs, forums, web sites.
What do you friends and family think of your creations?
As my family well knows, I can be a little off-center and sometimes odd. With respect to my more imaginative works, I will often hear “hey, that’s a little strange” so that’s when I know the piece is now finished.
What are your goals?
I always attempt to infuse my works with a heartfelt sentiment. My goal is to convey that sentiment through line, form, and tone.
How do you envision your creations being used by your customers?
Beyond the obvious decoration upon a wall, I would hope my works strike an emotion chord with a customer. For instance, my series Mae & Bebe celebrates the interaction of a mother and daughter. I have young moms who see themselves in the work from the perspective of being the mother, and at times being the daughter.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
In the near future, I am planning to open a second etsy shop titled “a kat tale” offering illustrations and drawings.
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