Artist Interview Series: Artist & Illustrator Katrina Sophia

Hey guys! It's been a while since I've done an interview on here so I thought it was about time to share with the work of Katrina Sophia as part of the Artist Interview Series. So Welcome to the artist interview series where I interview talented designer makers, surface pattern designers, artists and illustrators. Today's artist, the sixth of the interview instalments is talented artist and illustrator Katrina Sophia. She creates beautiful detailed and delicate illustrations and products inspired by nature.
1. Explain a little about yourself and what you do?
My name is Katrina and I am an artist and freelance illustrator living in Nottingham. I paint the natural world with mostly watercolour. While doing private commissions and freelance work, I sell my original illustrations, greeting cards, prints and stationery on my online shop.
2. Do you have any favourite techniques?
I love painting most of all. I like layering with the watercolour, starting with light colours and gradually adding darker colours. I rarely use wet on wet technique - I usually do the opposite, and let the paint dry completely before I add more layers. But when I do work with oil I use wet on wet technique!
During my daily art project in 2016, I really enjoyed experimenting with different techniques and seeing what clicks for me. I began doing line works with fine liners and hand building with clay, and have been doing these ever since.

3. What are your favourite art materials to use?
I have a ridiculous amount of art materials but because of my daily practice, I grew to love Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour tubes most of all, and use cold pressed or rough watercolour paper depending on what I am going to paint.
 4. Do you have a favourite piece of artwork you have made?
That’s a tough question! I have many favourites but my latest one has to be Tropical House. I went through the most trial and error with this piece and seeing it turn into a piece I am proud of makes it my absolute favourite right now!

5. What's your preferred colour palette?
Green! I love having mixing sessions discovering new greens. I am attracted to muted or pastel palettes more than bright colourful ones. So my preferred colour palette might be mustard yellow, peachy cream and olive green!
6. What influences your work?
The natural world, no doubt. My work is inspired by everyday life and the world I live in. I really admire artists with strong lines and shapes - such as Georgia O’Keeffe or Josef Frank.
7. Could you show us where you work/studio space?
I have a home studio. I have always liked the idea of getting a separate studio but I am not at that place yet.

8. What path did you take to get where you are now?
I didn’t complete my university studies due to a lack of support I needed. What I learnt in those years is still valuable though and I decided to start my business independently and continue to develop my skills.
9. Are there any defining moments in your creative career?
I didn’t start my business with a shop. I only did private commissions and freelance work for the first two years before I mustered the courage to set up a shop. It is safe to say my business took off from there! I started trading in markets the same year I set up my online shop and gradually understood how to find success selling my own art.
 10. When did you know you wanted to be an artist/illustrator/designer?
I have been very creative since I was small and doing creative subjects in school, but it was when I left university that I realised it was possible to be who I am today.

11.What would be a normal day for you?

I start my morning doing a little painting or drawing and catching up with emails then for the rest of the day I focus on my paid work, such as a commission or collaboration, or developing new products.
12.What is your dream project or goal?
My dream is to own a gallery shop slash cafe but that is a dream! I know it requires a lot of work and might take me away from my current blossoming business so this is not necessarily a plan. So for now my dream, or a goal is to gain a bigger audience for my shop and have my products stocked all over the country. I would also love to grow my product range into something bigger, perhaps home textiles or ceramic.
13. Is there any advice you could give to an aspiring artist?
Make art every single day, or as much as you can. What you create doesn’t have to be perfect or from hours of hard work. Just do! 

I hope you have enjoyed this interview and thank you very much for letting me interview you Katrina. If you would like to see more of Katrina's work then click the links below. Have a lovely day! Becky x

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