Katherine is a talented artist with incredibly unique pieces. Her artwork as been seen in NYC galleries and she also shows off her talents on cutting boards, custom trays, and chess boards for a splash of color in your home! Katherine’s husband Jon is in the United States Marine Corps. They are currently in the NYC area, specifically the Bronx, as Jon is in the MECEP program and attending Fordham University in order to commission as an officer after graduation.
What made you decide this career path? I have always been an artist and absolutely love to create. I can move around easily being attached to the USMC and art allows me to have the freedom to do so.
How has your spouses deployments/trainings effect your business? My business has not been effected negatively at all. In fact, it allows me even more time to work on my art as I like to distract myself while he is gone.
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far? I have only ever experienced the NYC area as Jon and I were only dating when he was elsewhere.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? The biggest challenge is finding stability. It is hard to create a local client base when moving around is involved. However, I am really lucky that I have built my business mainly online which gives me the freedom to move around if need be.
What are your other hobbies? I love to workout, read and spend time with my pets. We are obsessive fur-parents, specifically pug parents, and we enjoy spending time outdoors with them. I named my studio after our pug, Louie, because while I am creating art he always sleeps right beside me.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner? The opportunities as an artist are endless when it comes to being a military spouse. I am able to meet new people and introduce myself to new clients. I am also beginning to make military based art such as plaques, signs, and shadow boxes.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? I would give myself the advice to not be scared to start. Starting a business is scary and takes some risks but if I could do it over again, I would have started sooner, without being afraid.
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Photos by: Tyler Boye Photography