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Meet Caren Kreger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caren Kreger.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been a creator my whole life. I loved drawing and building as a child but never thought that being a full-time artist could be a reality for me. When it was time to choose a career path in college, I pursued my other passion, which is helping people. I became a Recreation therapist and worked in mental health care for almost 15 years, teaching others how to find balance through pursuing their passions.

So it was no surprise to me that when I started struggling with some emotional challenges of my own (being a new mom!), I felt the need to create again. I started setting aside ten minutes everyday to draw and explore creative mediums as a way to maintain my own mental health. In turn, my skill set grew and I found myself creating for longer stretches of time. I started sharing my creative journey on social media and before I knew it, people were asking me to make things for them!

It’s been just over three years since I first created something for someone I’d never met. I certainly didn’t intend on starting an art business on the side, it just kind of happened! I learned a lot about balance and gratitude through this process and so I try to infuse those themes into my work as a way to share what I’ve learned with others. Six months ago, I was able to leave my career and pursue art full time. I am so grateful for this opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Having more time to create has allowed me to take on bigger jobs like painting murals and working with big brands. I also make time to learn and attend conferences so that I can keep growing as an artist and continue pursuing this dream.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
I create mostly using letters and illustrations. I’ve always had a love for words and find deep connections to meaningful quotes, so I started lettering them. Words of encouragement, gratitude, and empowerment resonate are all things I want to see more of in this world, so that’s what I focus on. I want to create things that make people smile and feel good inside.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I struggled with this for a long time when I first started making art. The thing that helped me overcome feeling isolated and lonely was attending a conference with other lettering artists. Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals in a learning environment was so helpful! I met several artists who were feeling the same way and we were able to support and encourage each other. Seek out artists in your community and reach out!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my work is created for commercial applications but I also enjoy making personal work as a way to play with new techniques and ideas. The best way to see new work and stay in touch is by visiting me on Instagram. I also sell through Society6 as a way to offer various applications for my artwork. https://society6.com/everydayhooray

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Image Credit:
Portrait image by Janea Greene

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