I love to paint and draw.. a lot. It's pretty much been my obsession my entire life. So, 20+ (ahem) years spent in visual arts have afforded me a strong color knowledge with polished drawing skills. These aspects characterize my dark(ish) whimsical artwork. I love details, as I believe the little things can really give any work of art that extra "something." I also relish a polished look with bright highlights and deep shadows, which balances my work's feel-good whimsy with a touch of a somewhat serious side.
I am an animal lover, so painting them comes naturally. As long as I can remember I drew all kinds of animals constantly, mostly personified in some way, and then learned to paint in high school. It was a way for me to escape my difficult childhood and became a refuge of sorts. My little animals were comfort to me, as their worlds were so different than my reality. When I "grew up" I pursued a career in the oil and gas industry but found myself deeply dissatisfied with my role in life.. my heart begged to create art. So in 2013, with the support of my awesome husband, I left Corporate America and delved into an art career. As an adult with honed skills, I can bring my childhood images to life in a way that scratches a deep psychological itch. Am I getting weird now? If so, my apologies, but if you've known me for longer than 5 minutes, you'll have figured out I'm weird at times, and I like me that way. :D My ideas are all creations from my own fantasy-loving brain, as I almost always think of things in a whimsical or humorous context (I blame my mother). I strive to invoke positive emotions in my viewers, specifically nostalgia, joy or inspiration. I deeply relish the smile on people's faces when they see my work... that's what I enjoy most about doing art for a living and why I share what I create.
As far as the technical aspects of my work, they are all made with professional and durable materials, giving a result that is not only beautiful, but also museum-quality and will last you longer than a lifetime. They are packaged with special care and attention to ensure your product arrives in superior condition.
A little more about me: I was born and raised in Houston, TX and stayed close ever since. I love Jesus, comedy, nature, animals, people and a good glass of wine! I am lucky enough to be married to an awesome guy, Robert, and we are the proud parents of 4 awesome kids (my greatest works of art). :D
I hope you enjoy my artwork and let me know if you have any questions (you can shoot me an email at ksschwarzkopf[at]gmail.com.)
Thanks for visiting!
Ecclesiastes 9:10: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."