Contact Info: I can be reached directly at kmbradyart at gmail dot com, or by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
I’m a freelance artist living on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, with my husband of 15 years.
When I graduated high school, my first inclination was to study art and become an artist, but I promptly talked myself out of it. You know, the whole starving artist thing. So I put that goal out of my mind and turned my attention to something more practical. I spent the next two decades working in medical records.
Eventually my heart spoke louder than my head. I took a giant leap of faith and returned to college as a ‘non-traditional’ art student (which is a nice way of saying shouldn’t you have done this 20 years ago?). I enrolled at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design as a full-time student and took back-to-back trimesters without any breaks in between while I continued to work full time. It was a grueling schedule and demanded much sacrifice in my personal life, but when all was said and done I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Illustration.
I am so grateful for my understanding husband, who often came home from a long day at a demanding job in law enforcement and made dinner for us (on the nights we didn’t get takeout). I often ate at my desk while I finished art assignments or wrote papers. There were times we passed each other on the stairs at 5 a.m.–he on his way out the door for work, me on my way up to the bedroom to finally get some sleep after an all-nighter. (I do NOT recommend this, by the way!)
Hard work and sacrifice pays off!! I’m thrilled to say I now work full-time as an artist and I spend my days creating art for licensing and picture books. My preferred mediums are watercolors, pencil, and ink, but I also enjoy working digitally in Photoshop or Illustrator. When I’m not working, you’ll find me whipping up something yummy in the kitchen, pulling tenacious weeds from the garden beds (again!?), or out somewhere with my camera collecting inspiration and reference images for my artwork. I’m as detail oriented as I am creative (AKA perfectionist), and this quality carries over into my art. I strive for excellence in all I do.
My portfolio is developing selectively but steadily, so please check back for updates!
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Honors and Awards
RMCAD Gerald Ehrhart Memorial Scholarship 2015
RMCAD Honors List (2013-2015)
RMCAD Accolade – College Community and Culture (May 2015)
RMCAD Accolade – Academic Excellence (June 2015, September 2015)
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
RMCAD Rotunda Gallery Student Exhibition 2015
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