by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
|Zentangle Art by Kathy Ahrens|
How do you think your environment has influenced you as an artist?
I was born in California and spend most of my life moving around the U.S. exploring nature and loving every minute of it! If you described me as a child, you would say I was a daydreamer. As I would hike with my father, I would imagine in my mind how beautiful a tree, a leaf or a stream would look in a drawing. I would run home and start drawing my abstract doodles.
|Artist Kathy Ahrens|
My father gave me my first drawing pad and markers and each day after that would come home, walk over to me and ask to see my latest "Masterpiece". So yes I am still a daydreamer and I am proud if it!
|Colored in doodle by Ahrens|
I am a self taught artist who started a life of crafts at age 3. My mother loved crafts and shared her love with all of her children. I will always be thankful for that. I started selling handmade cards on ETSY in 2010 (shop is KatAhr) and loved it but my family was needing me and as nothing can compensate for failure in the home, I decided to put my crafts on hold. My children are all grown now, with lives of their own so I restarted selling on ETSY June 2012 and it's been absolutely wonderful.
It's my hope that I was just as good of a parent to my two sons as my father was to me. Although they were more happier reading or running outside than ever doing crafts, they are happy and for that I will always be complete.
|Doodle Art by Ahrens|
My studio is a huge bedroom that sits over my garage. It's mine and it's beautiful and I couldn't be happier. I have everything I need in life! I am indeed blessed. From a special window in my "studio" I can see and hear the hundreds of birds that visit our yard. Since we feed them year round, they stay forever. When my window is open it sounds like a jungle and I am in heaven.
Kat's handmade cards, zendoodles and drawings are available in her etsy shop.
Do you daydream about your next project?
|Daydreaming on @etsy|