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Life & Work with Qathryn Brehm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Qathryn Brehm.

Hi Qathryn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
From a very young age, I loved cameras and making things. I also realized that working together with people on community projects and share common goals was the best way to get to know people and make friends.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There are always parts of the road that are smooth only to come upon the rough sections. These rough, rocky sections take more time and energy than hoped for. Being sick or unhealthy can be a big obstacle and pull you away from your goals.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, I felt it was the end of the world. I called my sister Anna, who was a breast cancer survivor and told her my news. She was sympathetic for about a minute and then said “So what are you going to do about it?” I wasn’t expecting such a curt response from her, but it made me realize I still had choices. So I pursued treatment, followed professional advice and was able to move on with a recovery program.

It was a setback but made me stronger and more focused.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My first interest in the arts came through photography. Have always loved cameras and was mystified by how they looked and what they could do. My Dad taught me how to develop film and print photographs at a very young age and we set up a makeshift darkroom off the kitchen.

The first murals I created were of photos I had taken and printed with Kodalith Ortho film, a high contrast film and projected on large walls or canvas. I then started doing murals, wall treatment and photo backdrops professionally and had a business doing this for several years. So photography has been a big part of my art over the years.

Toys have also been important in my work and I have done several series using found and repurposed toys. A few years ago, my first book titled ‘When Good Toys Go Bad” is a series of dioramas that I set up in the studio and photographed. Available on Amazon.

Humor is also very important in my work am currently working on series of repurposed playsets.

Any big plans?
Definitely planning on doing more books. It is a great way to develop and work through an idea and have a record that I can share with others. Digital is wonderful, but sitting and being personal with a book is a wonderful gift to share with others.


  • ‘When Good Toys Go Bad’ $15.00
  • ‘Ramona Crimson If you Ask Me’ Amazon $15.00

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