Creative Spotlight: Kathy Kromer

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In this installment of our Creative Spotlight we’ve interviewed our own Creative Designer, Kathy Kromer. Her painted hearts are the inspiration we need as Valentine’s Day approaches.

Name: Kathy Kromer

Title: Creative Designer at Michaels

Kathy is an Artist, Crafter, Teacher and Life-long Student of the Arts. When she is not busy creating, you can find Kathy spending time with her friends, family and her wonderful dog named Shirley.

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How long have you been working at Michaels? I’ve been at Michaels for eleven years.

What’s your job like? What exactly does a Creative Designer do? At Michaels, we have buyers that purchase products for their categories. It’s our job to take those products, design a concept using creative ideas, and turn them into something inspirational for our customer. That’s our goal.

Do you have a current art or craft obsession? My obsession is painting, always painting.

Are you also a customer of Michaels? What do you look for in the store? I look for good deals on canvas and sales on fine art paint. I love stencils and scrapbook paper, and try to and incorporate those into my work.

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Tell us something about your creative work that almost no one knows. I didn’t start painting until I was in my thirties and took lessons for decorative painting. I got a little tired of that, so I went to the library and would read something like twenty books every day. I read and studied books about artists like Matisse and Picasso, and I just kept painting until I developed my own style.

Who is your favorite painter or artist? That’s a really hard question because I love Matisse. He’s my all time favorite, but I also love Peter Max, Berg Masakan, or anybody who uses color.

Do you do any other art forms aside from painting? I’ve done a lot of mixed media, some 3-D sculpture pieces, some assemblages, but then I always end up going back to painting. That’s my true love.

Where else do you find your inspiration? I’ve experimented with a number of different subjects and techniques, but I’m known for painting hearts. It’s become about putting a message of hope out there. That’s what my hearts are all about!

You can find more of Kathy’s work at the www.artisanscollective.net or www.kathykromer.com

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  • http://www.splashyideas.com/arts/oil-painting-abstract-art-ideas Randhi

    Nice work.. I too like to draw Abstract Art and it really helps me to express my thoughts.