“So diverse, so supportive. The Houston artist community is everything.”
Meet the ridiculously talented visual artist, Kara Timmons. She grew up in San Antonio creating watercolor paintings and drawings of cats. Kara went to college in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute where she studied illustration, now, she lives and works as an artist/graphic designer in Houston. Although she still paints watercolors and does drawings of cats, her focus (right now) is visual storytelling and portraiture. I recently had the chance to pick her brain and see what she’s all about. Check her out!
C : What does “being creative” mean to you?
K : To me, being creative means creating a new world- for yourself, for the viewer. We have enough of the real world already! And, for me, creativity is free of self-consciousness. Throw some paint around, make a mess, paint with your feet, with a bottle cap, with a credit card. Break the rules of your mediums, do things the way they aren’t meant to be done. That is where the really cool stuff comes out- when you kind of don’t care what anyone thinks or if it will work.
C : Who is your biggest inspiration, and why?
K : Oh man, there are so many! Lately I’ve been looking at Gail Potocki, Fuyuko Matsui, Nicolai Fechin, and Takato Yamamoto. I am also inspired every day by my friends and fellow artists grinding it out and making dreams happen!
C : Describe yourself in one word.
K : Sunshine
C : What under-appreciated artist, gallery, or work do you think people should know about?
K : I love Hundertwasser. His painting and architecture are so fun! He calls straight lines “godless and immoral” and “something cowardly drawn with a rule, without thought or feeling”. Nothing against straight lines, but how great is that?
C : When have you felt most satisfied in your art career?
K : Right now, satisfaction for me is in the process- each work I make is another step forward. Plan a project, complete it, and then decide what is next. There is always more room for expansion.
C : Where can we find you when you aren’t working on art?
K : If I’m not working on art, I’m probably still working on art (I have a graphic design business). Or I’m hanging out with friends, taking walks in the park, chillin’ at coffee shops, cooking.
C : If you had one superpower what would it be?
K : Flight!
C : What is your most important artist tool?
K : Definitely my sketchbook! It is a safe space for the most exciting, unexpected, and beautiful things to happen. It’s amazing what appears when you have no attachment to the result.
C : What’s the first piece of artwork you ever sold?
K : I sold little caricatures of people on note cards for $5 each when I was in middle school. It was solid business!
C : Can you describe the time when you first realized that being an artist was something you absolutely had to do?
K : The conversation around art had been that it wasn’t a secure field, it couldn’t be lucrative- and yet other people were making it happen! So I went to art school to figure it out. I think that was the moment- when I committed to going to school for art. And now, it’s something I realize every day, again and again.
C : What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
K : The hardest part for me is making work free from what I think people want to see; even with commercial work, this is important. I’m always checking in with myself- am I having fun right now, am I excited about this?
C : How do you feel about the current art scene in Houston?
K : So diverse, so supportive. The Houston community is everything.