Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Sotolova.
Kate, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
In 2004, I took my first oil painting class at North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA with Susan Lynch. The class concentrated on still-lifes and I loved it. During the following 8 years, I also studied oil painting with Sue Charles and Dianne Panarelli Miller at Dianne’s studio, South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, MA as well as North River Arts Society. My training expanded from still-lifes to figures and portraits using live models. And then, one day, a friend suggested I paint another friend’s dog. And that was Thimba, my first dog portrait in November 2011. I must say that I’ve always felt a great connection with dogs in general. I’ve taken care of dogs for many friends when they go away. And I enjoyed so much having Otis – a boxer – beside me at work – at an art gallery & picture framing shop for ten years.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an oil painter who specializes in small scale dog/pet portraits. My paintings usually range in size from 8″x8″ to 12″x16″. Because I find it important to capture the dog’s likeness and personality, my paintings are realistic and detailed. I work slowly and carefully to achieve the likeness as well as I can. I have friends with dogs, I sometimes dog-sit for them, I’ve always liked dogs. I always see the huge connection and enormous love between the dog and its owner and it is sad that this connection lasts very short – that dogs’ lives are much shorter than ours. If one likes and appreciates art, I think that having an original piece of art – a portrait of the person’s pup – is a must. And that’s what I want to do for people, I always try my best to capture the spirit of the pup in my paintings so people can hang it on the wall at home and see it every day.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
If people want to hang my artwork on their wall at home and see it every day, that is a success! Art is very subjective and artists have to accept the fact that not everybody will love their art. Each artist has to follow their vision and be creative in their own way. I believe that each artist can find his admirers. I think it’s important to communicate well with people, be open-minded and friendly.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a website www.katesotolova.com where you can see my works, and you can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I am also represented by South Street Gallery in Hingham MA where you can see a few of my original paintings in person.
- Address: Hingham MA
- Website: www.katesotolova.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paintsdogs/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateSotolova/
- Other: www.southstreetgallery.com