Monday, October 17, 2011

Get To Know Angie Ketelhut

Painting of Caeden and the Seattle skyline - Angie Ketelhut

I'm always in awe when I see different works of art. It's one thing to visualize a picture but another to stand in front of them in admiration. I am happy to welcome Angie Ketelhut, a portrait artist that paints animal and people portraits. However, she's especially is known for her dog portraits. I've seen many of Angie's works on one of the social media networks, and they have a whimsical and playful look that really distinguishes them from other paintings.

Dog and the City

It's great that Angie was able to drop in and shoot the breeze. Below, is my Q and A session with her.

How did you start out in the art world?
I've been creating art for as long as I can remember. Growing up in unpredictable environment as a child, creating art and spending quality time with pets were my stability and my happy place when things were tough. I won an artist mentorship scholarship in high school and began to grow more confidence as an artist at that time.

What is most rewarding about your profession?
The end result. The emotions felt and expressed by clients when they receive their portraits. There is nothing in the world like witnessing their genuine happiness and excitement of having captured their beloved pet personality on canvas. It brings me much joy.

What do you find most challenging?
The rollercoaster ride where I can be extremely busy or can be slow. Also, meeting deadlines such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc. I try my very best to accommodate these requests and sometimes it can be cutting things very close, depending on my workload and how much time I have to complete the portraits.

Dog on the Beach

How has the internet impacted your business?
It has made it possible for me to have a business. I am very grateful for the invention of the internet.

How long does it take for a single portrait to be completed?
Normal turnaround time from sketch to finish is 3-4 weeks, depending on my workload and waiting list.

Who are the artists that inspire you?
I'm inspired by Toulouse Lautrec, Chagall, Van Gogh, Grandma Moses, and Frida Kahlo.

Four Friends On The Beach

What advice would you give to young artists who hope to break into your profession?
Follow your intuition. If this is something you truly love to do, develop your own unique style and keep at it. Be realistic for potential challenges along the road ahead. Donate your time and talent when you can. Spend time with and around people who are supportive and lift your spirits up. Continue to learn about pets and grow from people and experiences.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It would be on the Greek Island of Hydra.
Photo of Hydra from Hydra Island's Official Website
What things or hobbies do you do when it's time to recharge?
I enjoy walks and playtime with my dog (and now baby boy) under the big blue sky, reading a good book, sipping a latte or cup of tea, taking a short roadtrip to a different part of the city, and lunch or dinner with friends. I also relax by sketching and writing.

Boston Terrier With A New Friend

How did your dog become part of your household?
He was a very special gift from my husband.

What type of personality does Fatsa have? Is he really energetic or very laid back?
He's a little bit of both. At home with just me, he is laid back unless company arrives. Then he is quite energetic. He is a very playful bubbly little guy around several people.

How do you balance being a pet owner with work?
It's challenging at times but I always make time for little Fatsa. I take breaks throughout the day to take him for a walk, play, or just to give him a few pats & back scratchies.

What does your dog do when you're busy at work?
He naps in his cozy place nearby burrowed under his comfy warm blankets.

The Tub Time Trio
What kind of food does your dog like to eat?
He has food allergies so unfortunately has a very limited diet. We have only found one type of dog food he can eat without having tummy issues.

What does he like to do for exercise?
He loves to play tug o war and fetch. Also, he loves to run while carrying his leash in his mouth.

What's the most unique quality about Fatsa?
He's very chatty. If on a walk, he will bark at everyone (dogs, cats, people) on the other side of the street as he walks. It is almost like he is greeting everyone and having a little chat about the weather, day, etc...

What do you like most about the social media world?
The opportunity to meet and connect with many kind hearted & inspiring people from all over the world. One can learn something about something from each and every person.

Angie grew up in the Midwest, USA. Her childhood was a bumpy one, with a series of challenges to overcome. Pets and creating art were a steady source of comfort and solace from the very beginning of her life & remained with her throughout uncertain times. With her expressive painting style and use of vibrant colors, she strives to capture individual pet personalities and honor the furry friends who bring so much joy & happiness to our lives. Angie has sold her work nationally and internationally. She offers custom portraiture through her website Art By Angie.
She now resides just outside of Seattle, WA with her husband, son, and bubbly Boston Terrier, Fatsa.
Thank you Angie for taking the time to chat and share with us some of your beautiful works.

You can learn more about Angie through these websites:

Angie Ketelhuts's Website
Pet Portraits By Angie - Facebook Page
Angie's Art Gallery On Facebook

Let's Discuss!

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