We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat C. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I believe the most important thing I have done as a parent is spend quality time with my son. Each morning we begin our day with smiles and positive affirmations; followed by a meal together. I grew up in a busy home but my parents always kept a rule to sit down and have dinner together with my siblings and I every night. I am very grateful for those moments as I have had some of the best chats at that dinner table. That is something I would like to carry on with my own family. Being able to spend time connecting with my son and husband will always be my main focus. Each day I am amazed at how fast my son is growing up and it motivates me to shower him in love and positive reinforcement. I take time to talk and then allow for him to respond- which I believe is extremely important. People often get so caught up with work and life that they lose connections with their children. Taking time to listen to your child and offering validation when needed is one of the most important things a parent could do for their child. Spending honest, quality time as a family has created an amazing foundation for my son in addition to positively impacting our relationships with each other.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is very dependent on my emotion and current interests. As a result, I have a wide array of art styles. Different life experiences create different emotions which then translate into unique works of art. Art is very therapeutic for me and therefore there are no rules to my artwork. I take nature’s beauty and add my own abstract twist. Although I am most known for my octopus and squid paintings, I enjoy being challenged and love when people have rad commission ideas. Some awesome ideas I’ve had the pleasure to paint for others include: galaxies, sea storms, gardens, animal portraits, and aquatic life. When someone throws a concept my way I draft up my vision for them to approve before finalizing. This has been a very effective method in ensuring that I am meeting their expectations before I finalize their piece. The main reason I do this ( aside from not wanting to waste any time), is because art supplies are costly and the prices are continuing to increase. Material costs could be disheartening at times and that is why I am always so grateful to my buyers for their support. I am so excited to share what I have in store this year!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has some of the best food I have ever tasted. I would definitely 10/10 recommend heading over to ‘The Friendly’ for their dirty flat top burger, I’m pretty sure my husband and I both ate 2 burgers each with slices of pizza there one time (Oh yeah, did I mention they make amazing pizza too)! Next up I would hit up ‘Salt & Straw’ in Little Italy for the best custom ice cream you have ever tasted. They have options for everyone- even if you’re vegan. Little Italy has some of the best restaurants- ranging from ramen to lobster to pizza. There are so many good eats around town it is dangerous! If you’re into sightseeing and nature I would check out Sunset Cliffs at Ocean Beach. There’s a sweet tattoo shop down Newport if you want to have an even better time while in SD. La Jolla Cove is fun if you’re looking to see some sea lion pups and marine life with a snorkel and mask. Whether you move along the coast and surf the waves or see a concert at House of Blues and Brick by Brick, San Diego is filled with hidden gems and adventures.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank my family and buyers for all of the support they have shown over the last few years. Life has thrown quite a bit of curveballs my way and yet they have patiently stuck by my side, waiting for my next art piece. I am forever grateful for all of the friendships and memories I have made along the way so far. There are so many artists that inspire me and I have met some of the most talented individuals here in San Diego at art shows and events. My husband Connor has been the most supportive admirer since the day we met. He is always there to lift me up when I struggle to believe in my own artistic ability and encourages me to not give up. His love and patience inspires me every single day. Thank you to everyone for the positive feedback I have received! It means the world to me.