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Katie Dunkle

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Bluebonnets II

 

Tell us a little about your background.

I have been an artist as long has I can remember. I grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA. Early on I developed an appreciation for nature. In 2008 I moved to Savannah, Georgia where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. I am as much a photographer as a fine artist these days.

 

Have you always used watercolor as your medium?

I have played with every medium imaginable in my art career - oil, mixed media, film, glitter, etc. Four years of art school will do that to you. Currently, pen and watercolor is my choice of medium which is serving me well. There is something about nice watercolor paper that does it for me. I am a messy artist and often forget to clean my palette and brushes. With watercolor I don’t have to worry so much about that.

 

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Desert Wildflowers

 

What’s the story behind your subject matter? How do you decide what to paint next?

I have a passion for illustrating flowers of all kinds. Their delicate complexity is inspiring. There is nothing more boring than a perfect flower. There is also a randomness and subconscious act to image making. While I was living in Texas I was focusing on local flowers like the famous Texas Bluebonnets II and Desert Wildflowers (see above). Now that I’m on the road I’m tackling a new body of work entitled "State Flowers" illustrating and painting each state flower or wildflower. I’m planning 50 new works in total many of which will be available on Skyline Art Editions as full colored giclee prints. Additionally, I’m creating a black and white adult coloring book titled “State Flowers” where people can color in pages.


What are you trying to convey through your paintings?

Traveling is a muse of endless inspiration for me as a lover of the natural environment. I believe these new state flower paintings possess a sentimental essence, and so, make a lasting impression with their crisp lines and vibrant colors. What I think is powerful about this series is how people can identify or relate to a specific painting that they are familiar with for one reason or another. Whether it is the state flower in which they live, grew up, visited or enjoy the most, there is visual and emotional stimulation for each piece.

 

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California Poppy     //     Delaware Peach Blossom     //     Florida Orange Blossom

 

 

You’re currently living in a tiny house, and doing a lot of traveling. How do you incorporate creating and marketing your art into this mobile life?

Part of the goal of this cross country journey is to allow me to experience the different landscapes of the US. It is also an experience to meet people along the way. I get to discuss my art and how my art affects them. In some cities I find local artist markets where I can set up pop-up booths to display and sell my work. This is when having professional affordable prints comes in handy. I have also marketed the tiny house as a mobile art gallery and set up times for people to experience both the art and tiny house lifestyle. Making a living on the road isn’t always easy and I rely on my art connections and community in Austin, TX. Even though I’m traveling full time I still consider Austin home base.


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What are the best and the worst parts of tiny house livin’?

Best part of tiny house living is obviously the freedom to travel. It is fully solar powered so that makes me feel good too. Getting to sleep in your own bed every night on the road is a major plus. It also has a full kitchen that I thoroughly enjoy cooking in. A drawback of the tiny house is having to reel in my messy spread out artist tendencies. I share the space with my boyfriend, and since it is small, things need to be neat and organized constantly. Setting up and cleaning up the “studio” space adds extra time to the creative process.

 

 

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Where are some of the interesting places you have visited so far?

Big Bend National Park, Marfa, TX, Santa Fe, NM (Meow Wolf The House of Eternal Return), Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico,  all of Colorado (Great Sand Dunes National Park, Crested Butte, Ridgeway, Fort Collins, Estes Park), our friend’s farm in Oklahoma, Mount Rushmore, SD, Amana, Iowa, Detroit, NYC and Ashville, NC to name a few. We have clocked 10,000 towing miles, nine National Parks, 30+ breweries and 14 states.

 

Do you paint from memory, imagination, real life or photographs?

I paint flowers from photographs and the backgrounds, compositions and color schemes are from imagination.

 

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Arizona Saguaro Cactus Blossom

 

Watercolor painting is only one of your many interests! Tell us about the others.

Yoga, traveling, breweries, cats, life drawing, painting my Girls series, cooking, and hiking. I love getting to travel and see what artists and galleries across the country are doing!


Where do you see yourself in the future? And what would you be doing?

I will be traveling back through Austin in November which I am very excited about. Arizona and California for the winter. I imagine the tiny house art journey will last about a year longer. After that, I believe I will settle in my new favorite artist town and continue to work on fine art.

 

Where can we see more of your journey and your work?

Fine Art Website

http://www.kdunkle.com/

Personal instagram

@kdunkle


Tiny House Website

http://www.tinysolarhouse.com/

Tiny House instagram

@tinysolarhouse
 
 
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