Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?

Catherine Holcombe : I think I have always been an artist but began to think of myself as a professional artist about 7 years ago.  I left my career in banking and I just could not see myself doing anything else but art. I knew there was a place for me in the art world. I only needed to find it.

KH : What is your first memory as an artist?

CH : I can remember sitting on my bedroom floor drawing animals from the nature books my parents had given me.  I drew mostly rabbits and frogs!


KH : What is your creative process?

CH : I spend a great deal of time sketching and working out the final pieces – especially for my illustrations.  I need to see the components of a piece on paper to see how they will work together.  Then I start thinking about color and overall composition.

KH : What common threads do you find show up in your artwork?

CH : My art is very optimistic.  I think that art connects us and tells our story, like literature and music.  The maps I use connect us to places and the art connects us to things and feelings that we love.

KH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?

CH : My favorite piece is always what I am working on right now.


KH : What is your work space like?

CH : My workspace is a little chaotic, but organized.  I have too many paints, too many brushes, too much paper and way too many maps poking out of bookshelves and spilling over their containers.  I have one of Carina Povarchik’s (Catru) mini frogs peaking out from underneath my computer and my cat is usually sitting in my window.

KH : What was it like to see your art on Kess Inhouse products for the first time?

CH : When I saw my art on Kess Inhouse the first time – I thought they made it look really great!  I was touched by the detail in the execution of the previews.  I hoped that people would see them and want to bring the home.

KH : What artists inspire you to create your artwork?

CH : I have been inspired by colorful artist like Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoit and more modern artists as well.  I take my children to art museums often so we can absorb new inspiration!

KH : What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?

CH : My favorite products are:
1.  The blankets
2.  The sheer curtains
3.  The duvet covers with the maps
4.  The desk mats
5.  Big Throw pillows

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KH : Would you recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists?

CH : I would recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists if they are interested in having their work on home decor products.


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If you are also interested in being a Kess artist please feel free to apply on our website.