We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Sowa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Creativity has always been in my family so naturally it has also been in my blood to create and be an artist. My grandfather on my mom’s side was my biggest inspiration. He always encouraged me to pursue creativity and to always be learning. When I was younger he bought be a book on acrylic painting and it took me a few years to consider looking at it. I was stubborn and thought I would only be interested in drawing with charcoal or pencil. It wasn’t until after he passed away that I picked up the book and began to paint. I will always keep his advice close to my heart and choose to focus my energy on what I am passionate about doing as it feel more like my purpose in life to be an artist and create.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is multifaceted and complex over the past 18 years. Within the past 3 years, I made the conscious choice to have more freedom of expression while allowing myself to intuitively explore and create mixed media art pieces. Since I am also a photographer, I have been experimenting with creating a collage collection by taking photographs and turning them into prints while also cutting out negative space to show my intuitive acrylic paintings underneath. This has been a exploration of being in the present moment and allowing to let go of fear and judgement of the outcome. To be completely transparent, I sometimes have a tendency to put a lot of pressure on myself and working intuitively is a great practice and reminder that life and art doesn’t have to be perfect. I use intuitive painting as therapy and also freedom to express myself and process my feelings of the past and present moments simultaneously on canvas. I also have a lot of symbolism in the imagery I use along with the colors and textures. Animals represent different guided messages or phases on a souls journey. My work is a process of self discovery, connecting and allowing things to show up just as they are. Each day I grow as an artist when I let go of any expectations or control of the outcome. Every experience or exploration is necessary for my art process as a whole just as it is in my life to be open to new discoveries. I am not the type of artist that will reproduce the same style or image over and over. It’s not in my power to do so, but I do choose images, colors, symbols and themes that speak to my soul and provide a deeper connection to living a life of purpose. My goal is to empower others to take their passion in a direction that feels right for them; even if the path to what that might look like hasn’t been created yet. Lastly, as an artist and photographer, I enjoy supporting other artists and creative entrepreneurs by offering them photography sessions in their studios or workspaces.  My personal brand photography sessions for creatives focus on who they are by telling a visual story of what they do and why via detailed shots, portraits in the studio or workspace, products and/or services offered, etc. My instagram is @ArtisTECH_Brandphotography to see more information and offerings to artists and creative entrepreneurs. Thank you.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the suburbs of Chicago, IL so I would make sure to visit all the great places to eat. Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza and Italian Beef, but I prefer tacos at one of my favorite restaurants in Naperville, IL with locally sourced and organic ingredients called Fire it Up. We would explore the Morton Arboretum for a great nature spot and the Brookfield zoo. Of course we couldn’t pass up all the great museums in Chicago which include (but not limited to) the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.

These are all great places to visit, but there are some hidden gems in the suburbs such as The Painted Tree in Naperville IL which is currently displaying some of my art and photograph for sale along with other vendors and shops. The Indie Art Park in Warrenville, IL which is a super fun local art gallery and gift shop. Aurora, IL has some great options such as Philips Park zoo, Paramount Theater and smaller local shops like the Cotton Seed Creative Exchange for local art and gifts (some of my art prints are on sale here as well). Also need to experience downtown street art along with Aurora’s first Fridays which offers many different activities. According to auroradowntown.org “First Fridays is a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month”

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give some recognition to my creative and talented nephews. I have three nephews that are each creative in different ways. Marshall is the oldest who plays the drums., Dean creates drawings from his mind with inspiration from video games and Marty (the youngest) paints and also plays many sports. May you always follow your heart, work towards your passions and do what brings you joy in this world.

Website: www.kimsowa.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kim.sowa.artist/

Image Credits
All images are taken by me Kim Sowa also under the name ArtisTECH Photography

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