Today we’d like to introduce you to Noah Thackeray and Katie Thackeray.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
We met when we were freshmen in college, and our love for art sparked a strong friendship that continued for three years until we started dating and eventually got married. We had both taken art classes and created art of our own for years before this, but it wasn’t until we teamed up that we created our best work! We started by selling prints and originals to family and friends, but after gaining a following on Instagram, we now ship prints and commissions all over the U.S. We’ve shipped art as far as Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and England! We’re expecting a baby in August so our little business will become a full-time endeavor for Katie and hopefully our baby boy will share our love for art and he can join in at some point.
Please tell us about your art.
Our personal styles are different, but cohesive. We both enjoy bright, edgy art and especially acrylics. However, while we personally enjoy drawing and painting monsters, bright abstract shapes and designs, blooming florals and leaves, and other purely creative and imaginative pieces, our customers often seem to prefer more conservative art. We are LDS (Mormon) and the 150+ Mormon temples have served as inspiration to many of our customers. We take requests to draw and paint ink & watercolor renditions of these buildings that we then make digital files of and print for sale. We currently have completed over 50 of these unique temples. Because these temples are so important in our faith, we enjoy painting them, even though these pieces don’t allow as much individual creativity. We are happy that we’ve been able to involve our faith in our passion for art! We also paint a lot of custom family portraits as well as other buildings that are important to people. We’ve made stickers and note cards out of some of our pieces and we sell products with our designs on them on society6.com. We’ve also taken commissions of everything from a giant acrylic sheep on canvas to a small watercolor of “boathouse row” in Philadelphia. These commissions are often a big challenge to us as we try to convey our own style while making our customers happy with what we’ve created! We’ve had to learn how to balance our own need and desire to express ourselves creatively, and to fill a specific order that someone has placed. Even though art has become a “job” for us, we haven’t lost the joy and freedom it brings.
Sometimes we look at our Instagram feed or rifle through our large file of art, and we laugh at the seemingly random assortment of pieces we’ve created over the years. Sometimes we wish we had a more cohesive collection, but we are always grateful for the vast expanse of ideas we’ve had or that others have presented to us. One of our favorite pieces was the sheep mentioned before, that we created to top off a kitchen/family room remodel for a family in SLC, Utah. It was 3×4 feet and in a style that neither of us had attempted or even considered attempting before. It was such a delight to create! We both worked on it and learned how much we loved that style and we were grateful we’d been able to try something new.
For us, the best part of art is being a part of someone else’s life. We love being part of personal gifts to strangers’ loved ones. A man serving in the military whose mom orders a portrait of him and his new wife to send to him abroad. A woman who orders a print of the Salt Lake City LDS temple to bring hope to a mother who lost a baby. A portrait of the family home for a mom whose children have all left home and is lonely. We’ve never met most of our customers in person but we feel like we’ve been a little bright spot in their lives! That’s the best payoff for us.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Get on Instagram or Facebook and start messaging your favorites! We’ve been surprised at how friendly and open people are when we reach out to congratulate them on a new line of art released, to ask what kind of pens or brushes they use, or even just to tell them we appreciate their work. We’ve met some amazing people, some of who have become genuine friends, at shows and markets we’ve done. Getting involved in those is a great way to meet other artists, especially local ones!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, our website is a work in progress. It is called thackshackart.com, for when it gets published. We do all of our sales through Instagram and email at the moment. Our Instagram is @thackshack_ and our email is email@example.com. We also sell products with our designs on them on society6.com/thackshack. We appear in local shows and markets occasionally, but with our baby on the way we aren’t signed up for any for the rest of the year.
- Website: thackshackart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thackshack_
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