From the Dali Lama to San Diego
Say hi! Would you like to introduce yourself?
My name is Kelsey Overstreet, I live in San Diego with my husband and daughter. I split my time between painting and jewelry/metal work. I am currently working on my Masters of Fine Art and will have my final thesis show in Los Angeles July 2018.
What does being a creative mean to you?
A creative is a way of being. I notice things most people walk right past. I love walking and find my initial source of inspiration is always rooted outdoors. A creative to me is translating what I observe, experience and process into a medium of sorts. It’s a way to translate and communicate the inner workings of my life and those observed.
Do you recall when you first realized you HAD to be creative?
When I was in high school I fell in love with painting. I knew I could never go back. It was a place of true freedom and I knew this was what I was supposed to do.
What is your favorite work ritual?
Mini Meditation, Coffee, some form of movement, healthy breakfast…. Then head to studio. And Silence. Silence while I paint is an important ritual. It allows muscle memory to take over and all of my other senses to be heightened to be fully present.
How do you cope when you feel overwhelmed?
I either practice yoga, go outside, take deep breaths or drink alcohol. Sometimes all of them in the same day. haha
What three traits would you say are a must for someone going into business for themselves?
Flexibility, support and a community of like minded artists.
What is your definition of success? Do you feel that you are successful?
Art for me is a gift. It breathes life, freedom, wonder and joy and presence. Success is when others take a moment to pause, experience wonder and experience an enriched moment by taking the time to interact with my work.
Any time I show my work publicly I have people that are instantly attracted to a particular piece. It draws them in and allows them to connect to their own life in a more meaningful way. This makes me feel very successful.
What has been the best advice you have received?
Don’t give up.
Who is a female (past, present or fictional) you find inspirational?
Helen Frankenthaler, Mother Theresa.