Real Women, Living Beautifully: Louisiana Artist Katherine Freeman Hocke

For us, living beautifully is a way of life and Katherine, our featured soul sista this Saturday does it so well.  I had the honor of sharing Natalie Wood Designs with her and learning about her amazing story and business.
Hear how Katherine lives beautifully, swoon over her beautiful artwork, and shop her Natalie Wood Designs jewelry here.
What is your story?
I am from Atlanta GA and went to The University of Alabama for my Undergrad where I majored in PR and minored in Studio Art. Graduating college I never thought I would be able to do anything with my art degree full time so I pursued a career in Real Estate. After about a year and a half of working as a buyer's agent and painting part time on the side (so I could still pursue my passion) I began an Instagram account where I shared recent work and paintings in progress. It wasn't too much longer after that that I got married and moved to Texas. It was there that I was fortunate enough to be able to pursue my art career full time. 

 

What drew you to being an artist?

It really began as a hobby and just something that I did in my downtime because I was super passionate about it. Painting has always been very therapeutic to me and a creative outlet. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could make a career out of it, but I loved the idea of being an artist because I wanted to share with the world what it was that made me so happy. Being an artist also allows me to still work full time, but focus on my number one job which is now being a mother.

 

On Katherine: Believer Small Drop Earrings in Silver

What was the defining moment when you decided to make art a career?

It was about a year and a half into creating my Instagram account that I started getting so many commission request that at the time I could not fulfill. I was literally staying up until all hours in the night just to meet deadlines that I had committed to for clients. It was then I figured that if I really focused on my art and poured all of my heart and attention into that area of my life I could make a career out of it.

 

On Katherine: Believer Small Earrings in Silver

Were there any valleys or road blocks that came into your way as you were pursuing your dream?  How did you overcome them and what did you learn from it?

For sure! I still struggle with road blocks to this day but overtime have learned how to overcome them and to let them not interfere with what it is I am trying to pursue.  From the beginning of my art career I learned that working for myself also meant wearing ALOT of hats. Promoting myself was one of those jobs so I would often contact different stores, galleries, etc to see if they would be interested in carrying my work. I think the biggest hurtle I have had to overcome was hearing the word no and not becoming discouraged. I think its so easy to hear no and then instantly getting this feeling of well what if I am not good enough? It took me a while to realize that maybe it was not me that they were saying no to, maybe it was just timing, but no doesn't always mean never so I had to learn not to take it so personally. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to a woman who is deciding on taking that leap to follow her dreams?

Be consistent, don't care what others think, pursue your passion and it won't feel like work.

On Katherine: Believer Small Earrings in Silver

How do you live beautifully?

I have tried to center my whole focus on life around my relationship with God and being present. This has really just helped me to prosper in all areas of my life including my relationship with my husband, being a mother and also being an entrepreneur. Trying to make an impact and inspire others through my artwork while keeping my focus and gratitude always centered on the one who gave me the talent is how I try to live beautifully.

Where can someone buy your artwork and learn more about you?

They can head over to my website kforiginalart.com or follow me on all forms of social media @kforiginalart.


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