We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Kirk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My mother supported my love of art from an early age. When I was just nine years old, she enrolled me in an adult oil-painting class. My painting instructor taught me with the same dedication as she did her older students. Now, as a mom and foster mom, I continue to share my love of art with my children. I’ve found that if you make time for yourself, and pursue your passions, you actually have more to give to your kids.
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.
For the last several years, I’ve worked as a free-lance graphic designer, providing logo design and branding for small businesses, non-profits, and professional organizations. When I get the chance, I enjoy teaching group painting classes to children. I also sell handmade items and artwork on Etsy. It’s always been a dream of mine to become a children’s book illustrator, something I’ve recently begun to pursue. As a foster parent, I’m inspired to create art that celebrates diversity. I’m passionate about creating characters that children can connect with, no matter their background. Much of my inspiration comes from my kids, and from nature. My preferred mediums are watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink, however the majority of my illustrations are created digitally, in Adobe Fresco.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Being an introvert, I had to think hard about this one! Some of my favorite things to do around town include shopping at Flea by Night at Discovery Green, or thrift and antique shopping on 19th. Having brunch at Lola, or a dinner of chicken and waffles at Downhouse, in the Heights. Spending a morning on the trails at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, followed by a picnic on the lawn. Seeing a play at TUTS theater, or spending an evening drawing at the Drawing Salon at Rienzi.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thanks to my mom, who has bought me countless art supplies, to my husband, for always encouraging me to do more with my art, and to good friends, for sharing my work with others, and providing much needed second opinions.