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Meet Kari Griffith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kari Griffith.

Hi Kari, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always had a strong desire to create. When I was little, I remember having all of these crazy ideas but never knowing, or even understanding, how to express myself. Even if I could, I certainly didn’t possess the confidence or self-esteem. I wanted to be different so badly but where I grew up being different wasn’t really socially acceptable. So you fall in line and conform with everyone else… as you do in a small town. I knew I’d never find my niche there so as soon as I turned 18, I fled to the place all black sheep do and moved to LA. I studied fashion, worked in tv, dabbled with interior design until I finally picked up a paintbrush and fell endlessly in love. About four years ago, I shared my art for the first time on Instagram. It was SO nerve-wracking and scary but I was also so proud of myself so it didn’t really matter if 1 or 100 people liked it, it was such a big step for me. Fortunately, people were super receptive to it and I was flooded with orders and commission requests almost immediately. It gave me such a confidence boost and incentive to keep creating. I still sell a lot of art via Instagram but have also created my own website and sell at different markets/fairs around LA when I can.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s never easy to put yourself out there and attempt to monetize off of something you created. You’re basically showing this incredibly vulnerable and personal part of you and asking people to love it. But that’s the beauty in art, right? It’s about perception and everyone’s perception is different just like our opinions and beliefs with anything. We’re all looking through a different set of eyes. When you’re able to accept that, it makes being an artist and sharing your art so much easier.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The kind of art I specialize in is minimal, continuous line art. I draw or paint a lot of portraits with one line. However, I like to challenge and expand my capacity to create all the time. I love working with different mediums, especially textures, to create minimally abstract pieces that still maintain and portray my aesthetic. I want people to see my work and say, “oh, that looks like something Kari did.”

Any big plans?
My plan for the future is to hopefully own and operate a gallery to display my art and help my friends do the same. I have a strong craving to sprawl out in a big open and bright room and showcase myself doing what I love the most and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Aside from that, I just want to keep saying yes to new projects and growing myself as an artist and hopefully one day be able to do art full time.

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