We came across Hannah Katarski’s work on Instagram and immediately loved her delicate watercolored beach scenes. It turns out, she is a multi-media artist, working not only in paint but photography and textiles. She’s inspired by some of our favorite artists working today, and we think you’ll really dig the perspective she’s adding to this kind of contemporary art. Take a few minutes to get to know her a bit.
1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?
This is a tough one. It is always changing. I get a lot of inspiration from the online communities I belong to. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Colleen Wilcox, Heather Brown and Luke Taaffe, oh, and Thomas Campbell… I love the work of photographers, Morgan Maasen and Ryan Tatar. So that’s six…
2.) Where do you create your art?
I have a room dedicated to my art, which is pretty lucky. I also work out on the deck when painting or prepping printing plates, or out in the garage if I’m working on something bigger, like spraying a surfboard. I also hire a cute, little cottage studio when I need a press for printmaking.
3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?
This really depends on what I’m making and how much problem-solving I need to do. I’m a perfectionist, so I procrastinate a lot. Making my collagraphs consists of finalising a sketch, cutting the printing plate and transferring the sketch to it, sealing and etching it, cutting and prepping paper, pulling the print and then tinting it with watercolours. I work on a number of designs at once so that I can go into the studio and pull a number of prints. I’ll then paint those before heading back in with my next batch.
4.) What mediums do you work in?
Currently my focus is on printmaking, watercolour and digital and film photography. I’ve done a fair bit of work with textiles in the past – felting and free machine embroidery and image transfer. My next step is to combine it all!
5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?
I’m sure I’m not the best person to ask… Consider ways to leverage your art. Don’t sell yourself short.
For more from Hannah Katarski:
@goofygirl on instagram
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