We had the good fortune of connecting with Hanna Ketai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hanna, what makes you happy? Why?
What makes me happy is to be in nature and creating art of any kind. Whether it’s my backyard in Highland Park under the giant pine tree and Bougainvillea flowers with hawks and turkey vultures soaring overhead, or out in the vast desert of Joshua Tree with all the space and quiet you could ever long for, I’m happy to be outside and be connected.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Painting to me is a therapeutic and spiritual process of coming home to myself and the deepest parts of my inner world. It’s my way of connecting with nature and my highest self, getting back to my own pure state within. I mostly paint outside, surrounded by Mother Earth and all of her blessings. Many of my paintings are either created in or inspired by the quietness and vastness of the Joshua Tree desert. One of my favorite rituals is to take hikes and notice all the details around me. I collect treasures along the way including feathers, leaves, tree bark, flowers, twigs and seeds. I alchemize these organic elements by placing them amongst the colorful paint.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love my neighborhood in Highland Park and feel like there is so much to explore and enjoy just right here in the hood. I would definitely take them to Joy and Belle’s Bagels and take a beautiful hike up Mount Washington. There’s also so many cute shops right along York Blvd and Figueroa!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank my Dad, for passing down to me and sharing his love of crafting and making art. Also I’d like to thank my wonderful art teachers over the years for encouraging my creative expression.