Friday artist, Kathy Wronski, Alta Sierra
What is your career and your current job title? I am almost a full-time painter and a part-time floral designer at Mon Ami, formerly Duck Soup, in Nevada City.
Describe in a sentence or two your art. I work strictly in oils, using bright vivid colors. Although the animal is realistic, the colors are not – purples, greens, reds, blues and yellows. My subject matter is mostly dogs! The majority of my paintings are commissions.
How long have you been working in this discipline? I took private drawing lessons for about a year in l996, then classes at Sierra College in l997, many with painting instructors Sandy Miller and Phil Brown.
Why do you do it? My first portrait was of my parents’ dog when she passed away. I discovered that I really enjoyed painting dogs. Dogs are fun and each one is completely different.
What do you hope to accomplish? I would love to simply get more successful at this. I’d like to be able to support dog rescue causes – AnimalSave, for example. Right now, I’m painting a greyhound for a rescue group in Southern California. I’ve donated to many humane societies and rescue organizations. I’d always like to find time to support this cause.
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Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I truly try to capture the personality of the dog. If my client is local, I make every attempt to meet the dog and get to know it. People are so very passionate about their dogs. It’s their passion that brings them to me for a portrait.
Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? Without a doubt, full time. Presently, I have a working studio at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Locally, my work can be seen at Laloo in Nevada City. I also have a Web site, http://www.kwronski.com.
What kind of special training did you take? If none, how did you learn the art techniques or processes? Classes at Sierra College, encouragement from my instructors and my love of dogs.
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? In my studio, I’m completely engrossed and in my own world. Then, when I’ve completed a portrait that I’m happy with and presented it to my client.
What is your least favorite part of your endeavor? I’d rather be painting than doing paperwork!
How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? I’m currently devoting about 30 hours a week, which includes dog interviews, preparing the canvas, painting the portrait, paperwork and marketing.
Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? I’ve always strongly believed in “do what you like and like what you do.” If you are passionate about something, you’ll succeed. Of course, it does take hard work and discipline.
Any other comments you’d like to include? I really enjoy working with clients and their dogs, talking about art and what they’re looking for in a portrait. I will be showing my work at the Sierra Festival of the Arts in Grass Valley, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 30 and 31. Please stop by and visit!
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