We had the good fortune of connecting with Kele Pandolfe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kele, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never set out to create through writing and painting. It found me. Through some heartbreaking life events, I created to heal and used my pain for purpose.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is inspired by nature and all that God created. I am a nature watercolor artist. I started painting as an outlet as I greived the loss of my 17 year old son to suicide. I always wanted to take classes and painted murals on walls for years but thought I needed classes for watercolor.
I started painitng at the urging of a family member who knew I loved to create and I was greiving heavily. I posted about my first piece and a friend from high school reached out wanting to purchase it for her mother. I was shocked and insecure. Thinking how mundane my art is and I was a “nobody” in the art world. Since then, I have collected dozens of commissioned orders, have a gallery wall located in The Woodlands area. I have branched out to paint parties, where I share my stoty and teach others the healing power of art.
I also have written 2 books (working on my third). The creative outlet of writing and painting has allowed me to breathe through my journey of healing. Watching the words transform someome elses journey is a blessing and I am humbled by it.
I want the world to know that you we are ALL creative being. Born to create. Its in our DNA and I encourage you to find what it is that makes you heal, smile, get lost, and off of your phone or the TV:) I am a firm beliver that the world needs what you have to offer it. EACH of us has a gift to create in some form and that gift is in you and waiting to be birthed to change the world for the better.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OUTSIDE! I would take them for long walks in the Sam Houston national Forest. I would pack a picnic to eat lakeside by Lake Conroe. I would take them to the cutest shop in Montgomery called “meadow to market”. We would have some yummy coffe at Wilderlove Coffe truck right there on the grounds. And grab a few cute photos with their vintage truck all decked out for the seasons.
We would have to eat lunch at Flower Child, well because its delicious and great clean eating fair. Then we would take an evening stroll around the walking trail at City Place in the evening. The lights are beautiful with a stop at Common grounds for a treat of course.
Herman Park and the art musem are a must along with Miller Outdoor theatre show. Top it off with a paddle board expedition around the lake and a outdoor concert and sips at Wild Stallion Vineyards and I call that a great weekend.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends, these ladies have encouraged me to use my gifts to jump in and GO! To not doubt my value in my work and to see it as a gift to the world.