I first noticed "Designs by Empwr" when I stumbled upon one of Kellie's amazing space themed paintings. You will not find any prints in this shop. Empwr is unique for many reasons. One of those reasons being that you can find awesome, one-of-a-kind, original paintings for affordable prices. Kellie creates custom pieces of your special photos, abstract and graffiti style art, as well as space/cosmic related work. Let us find out a bit more about Kellie and Empwr...
Could you tell us about yourself in a nutshell?
My name is Kellie and I grew up in a fairly small town in Wisconsin. I traveled a lot, worked many different types of jobs, served for the red cross for 6 months during Katrina, and then lived on my own a while. I then started doing spray paint art and working as a Verizon wireless store manager. I found my passion for doing art using spray paint with graffiti. I just found it to be such an intriguing art form. From there I went to college for graphic design, met my wonderful husband, and had twin boys. I'm just for the most part a pretty easy going woman who just likes to try and be the best mom and person I can be. Aside from my family and being a mom, I love design, fashion, art, playing sports, and the outdoors.
When I say _______ you think _______.
Trains, and how I just love to take pictures of all the different graffiti on them when they are parked or passing by.
Night time jogs.
Warm nights and sitting outside.
A beautiful place to relax.
What is "Designs by Empwr" all about?
Designs by Empwr is all about creating beautiful, unique, original art, and selling it at affordable prices. I've always been inspired by art and design and loved to create and transform different things and make them beautiful. I just love that other people can enjoy a wonderful piece without breaking the bank. I also love to use recycled materials!! I do stuff on canvas, but i also like to do things on wood, glass, plastic, and old windows. All of my paintings are created using objects I find.
Do you consider your art to have a certain feel or style?
I'd say my background would be graffiti based influences, mixed with cosmic space street art, and modern contemporary art.
When did you begin creating artwork and what made you decide to start a business?
I began creating this type of artwork about 4 years ago. I decided to start a business because I have sold art places in the past, and thought it would be good to get into it again. It's a great creative outlet and helps out.
Please tell us a little bit about the technique of your spray paint work?
A lot of what I do is just being really fast and knowing what I want to create so I can manipulate the spray paint while it's wet.
What is your artistic inspiration?
I am inspired by a lot of graffiti art, graphic design elements, and many different types of modern abstract art. I am also inspired by humanity and all the inner struggles and self realization we go through in our lives. I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and that greatly influences my work.
What is a normal day like for you?
Ahhhh a normal day for me currently consists of chaos chaos chaos!! lol I have twin 21 month old boys and they keep me on my toes all day long. I devote my life to my boys and they are the light of my life. All though they are the toughest job I have ever had they truly are amazing. At the end of the day, when the little ones are asleep safe a sound, I go outside and have ME time. I shake the cans, put on my mask, and paint away the worries, and stresses of the day. When I'm not taking care of them, I'm cleaning, cooking, hanging with the hubby, or working on my next painting. On Saturdays I just started selling at the beach so now mommy gets a break from 3-9 to sell art and do something different:)
Is there anything else that you would like to add, Kellie?
Just that my number one interest is making sure that my clients get a beautiful piece of art they can really enjoy. I love to include all my clients in the design process and send pictures when i am done. I look forward to working with new people and trying new things.
Aren't those all stunning? Kellie is very friendly to deal with and makes sure that you are happy with the product you are receiving. Like she had previously stated in the interview, she even takes photos of your finished piece to show you before shipping it out. For review, I received an 11X14 space painting on canvas as well as an 11X14 space paintings on poster board. They arrived swiftly and all safely bubbled up and ready to please my senses. Take a look!
There is black satiny ribbon running around the edges of the rectangular canvas painting, which is a nice touch. The style of these is very appealing to me. I love space- it is beautiful and intriguing. That essence is captured so nicely in these paintings. From the stars spattered across the canvas, to the masterfully mixed colors, your imagination can run lush when you look at them. My favorite element in these has to be the planets themselves. Kellie really must be a pro with those bottles of spray paint because the planets have a life of their own inside of all the swirled details. The shades used together mesh exquisitely to create fantastic images. The canvas painting makes me think of something like "seasons" of a galaxy... various snapshots of different times. In the second one, I feel like the right side is the edge of a cave or asteroid that I am in/on, peering off into the space around me. These paintings would be very versatile gifts as well. I know that kids enjoying looking at cool, colorful space pictures, but these are also quite suitable for the adult that appreciates diverse and unique paintings (or hey, an astronomer, if you know one.)
*$25.00 store credit AND an 11x14 Original Poster Board Space Painting from Empwr*
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