We are very excited to share with you an interview with Katie, from Bear and Fox. Her business focuses on outdoor and nature-based handmade watercolors with inspiring quotes. They are absolutely incredible and would be a tremendous addition to any home. Keep reading to learn more about how she creates and what inspires her.
Katie, introduce yourself!
I am Katie, owner, and creator of Bear and Fox Co. I have always been very passionate about creating and designing. I have two small children, Oliver and Piper. They are my little bear and fox. I love the outdoors, traveling and going on new adventures.
Where did your creative spark begin and can you trace your path to where you are today?
My creative spark began at a very young age. I come from a very artistic family and it has always been a part of my life. Art has been my favorite subject and something I am very passionate about. I studied art and photography in college and then became an art teacher at an elementary school. Now that I’m a stay at home mom of two, I am living my dream of having my own creative business.
What inspires your creativity?
My passion for creativity comes from a deep desire to always be creating. I am inspired by nature, photography, music, and colors. Noticing small details of everyday life can inspire me. I love observing the surrounding world – light, movement, and people. I also am very inspired by other people’s artwork, I love studying and admiring images that create a mood or feeling.
What do you create and what makes it so special?
I create colorful watercolor prints. I love using inspiring quotes to add to my watercolor images. I feel that my prints are special because it’s something different than what other people are doing. I am very specific about the colors I use and the way the water creates movement in my paintings. I try to create a mood and feelings along with whimsical, almost fantasy-like images.
Where do you create?
I currently have a small office space in my home, though my dream is to one day have an entire art studio to myself. My small office space is perfect for my business, It is next to large windows so I can let all the light in I need. Everything I do is created and managed in-house. I do all the painting, sales, printing and packaging from home. I love to listen to music and light candles when I work.
What do you love most about being a handmade artisan?
I love the freedom to create and design in my own way and my own time. The fact that my business has been this successful helps me have confidence in my art. It drives me to keep creating and trying new things.