One of the things that intrigues me most about you is what you shared in your Etsy profile. You said, "The story starts like this... Two years ago I quit my job in the Pacific Northwest, sold my home and everything I owned (except the dog- he came with) and set off for Kansas to see about a boy. Why? To try something new- to follow the whispers of a promising new adventure. Where did all of this eventually take me? The United Kingdom! I've since started following my creative dream to become an artist, children's illustrator, graphic designer and entrepreneur." Being a Pacific Northwest native myself, but having a real soft spot for the UK, I feel I can identify with you just a little bit. I also admire you for taking the leap. Two years is a relatively short time to go from a stable job in the Pacific Northwest to living in the United Kingdom, where you frequently travel and are exercising your talents through a number of artistic and entrepreneurial pursuits. In addition to your gorgeous photography, can you share with us some of your other talents and interests? What are some of your goals in these areas?
You clearly love to travel, as I've noticed that so many of your photographs are shot on location in various countries in Europe. Has there been a favorite destination for you? What about it made you love it?
It's really hard to have a favorite- I've travelled my entire life and picking one out is pretty rough. I'd have to say that I love, love, love the people of Turkey, the food of Wales and the spirit of Poland. I equally love the people of the Middle East, the Med and I adore the traditions of Asian culture. I've got to say, that in my life of traveling, one thing is certain- the people make the place. The spirit is what makes the adventure for me. I was recently in Barcelona during the festival of San Juan and for the Spanish v. Italy soccer game... and I've never seen more passion manifested through fireworks 'til 3am! It was brilliant! My next travels will hopefully be taking me to Scandinavia, Russia, and North Africa. Before I leave England, I'd also love to visit Asia... who am I kidding. I pretty much want to see the entire world!
KA, can you give us a glimpse into your home life? How do you decorate? I know you are LOVING your English garden right now…can we see pics, please? And do you display any of your own artwork at home, or just that of others?
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When I look at your photos, I often get a real feeling of serenity and peace. That's important to me, because with my busy life I like to create an atmosphere of serenity in my home through decorating. (Not cleaning though. That's going too far.) I'm anxiously awaiting your Poppiescape photo in my mailbox, because there are many days where I'll want to look at it and pretend I'm there…with nothing around but the grass, the flowers, and the sky. Do you try to achieve a sense of peace in your photography, or do you just photograph what you like, and that happens to come through?
So what about the boy? Is he still in the picture or not? (I hesitate to ask…it seems rude…but I'm dying of curiosity…so my curiosity got the better of my politeness!)
And lastly, where can people view your work, either online or in person?
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, KA!