Right Brain: Kate Kiesler | SummitDaily.com

Right Brain: Kate Kiesler

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Kate Kiesler, painting, printmaking, and illustration.

Kate Kiesler draws for children. She illustrates children’s books, paints and makes prints. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in illustration, and she teaches at Colorado Mountain College’s in the art department. She has illustrated more than 20 books for children and is a partner at Hands On Art in Frisco, where she shows her paintings and prints.DreamsMaking a living at art has always been a dream of mine. I would like to continue illustrating books as well as painting on my own.

Why do you do it?I think I am most content when I am immersed in something creative, when I am completely absorbed by an idea and its execution. In many ways it is a selfish act, but if I can touch someone else with what I do my work has meaning.What do you convey through art?

In illustration, I am required to tell a story with my pictures. In painting, I am also telling a story, but it may be one of light or shape or place. It varies from painting to painting.AccomplishmentI am proud that I can center my working life around something that I love to do. I’m grateful that I have had a steady career in the publishing business and that I am able to also continue my fine art.

Staying freshTeaching helps keep me motivated. My students are inspiring and see things in a different way than I do. When you’re not doing art?I spend most of my free time in the woods hiking and skiing. I also read a lot.

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