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Rising Stars: Meet Kindra Keitel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kindra Keitel.

Hi Kindra, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up on the Kansas prairie, where the sky is an ocean and the trees whisper secrets to your soul. My work remains most influenced by my country childhood, when my love of plants, listening to the wind, and watching the shadows change began.

My art career actually began as a photographer but several years ago, I found myself coming back to my sketchbook and my journal again and again. I started sharing my art and writing on social media and found it to be such a loving and supportive place, I was encouraged to pursue it further.

Now, I have my own product line of paper goods and one-of-a-kind handmade items and have recently started designing for surfaces like wallpaper, clothing, and fabric. With every project, I strive to combine nature, vintage aesthetics, heartfelt sentiment, and a touch of whimsy to create timeless designs that speak to nostalgic hearts like mine.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest struggle has always been imposter syndrome – feeling like I’m not a “real” artist or writer, like I’m not qualified or good enough. Thankfully, I have a wonderful support system that reminds me I’m absolutely a real artist, a real writer. That I’m the one who gets to decide if I’m qualified or not. Surrounding yourself with positivity and light is so very important.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am best known for my detailed botanical illustrations, most often done in black ink or in bright candy colors. I use these illustrations to create greeting cards, prints, fabric, gift wrap, and more. I am currently working on a few book projects and hope to make announcements regarding those soon.

I’m most proud of the work that is straight from my childhood: illustrations of the zinnias and cosmos from my mom’s gardens and the Jimsonweed and wheat from my dad’s prairie fields. Little stories about my dad’s chore truck and our family nights spent watching the stars. I feel like these works celebrate the simple beauty of everyday, honest life. Of things that are important: sunshine, the wonders you hear when you are quiet, the magic of watching things grow. And most important of all, family.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I’ve always been a quiet, creative observer. I’ve been drawn to art, music, and literature my whole life and these quiet, contemplative pursuits have certainly shaped me into who I am today.

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