About the Artist

My name is Kaitlyn, I’m a survivor and an artist.  I’ve been an artist all my life.  I’ve been a survivor the last few years of my life.  That’s a long story and if you want the whole story go here.  For the sake of space I’m going to talk about things that happened after I finished treatment.  Initially I was really depressed and felt like my life was over.  It was this feeling of “okay I survived now what?”  The hurricane that was my tumor was over so next came clearing the debris and rebuilding my life.  Which involved a lot more interior renovation than exterior.  I had to get used to my new way of life.  It wasn’t easy but I feel like I’m a better and stronger person for it.  It’s taken me years of hard work but I’m very proud of where I am now.  I have truly adopted the title survivor and left the title victim back in the dust.  I still have times I feel down and get in funks or just discouraged and frustrated.  I’ve come to realize that’s okay and that it’s just part of life.  It doesn’t matter how many times I fall down just that I always get back up.

 

Part of rebuilding my life was to find a new way to support myself since getting a job or going to college was off the table with the new issues my body had.  It only seemed natural to start a business that utilized my artistic nature.  It’s been a struggle to get back in the saddle with art and took a lot of pushing and pulling to get me there.  My art supplies sat in a corner gathering dust for two years after I completed treatment.  I was so afraid the nerve damage I experienced would make it too difficult to draw properly again.  I let my fear hold me back for a long time.  It was unfounded because I picked it up one day, after a lot of encouragement from all the people who love me, and I was able to draw just fine.  In fact I’m pleased to say I’ve surpassed where I was even last year.  I plan to take a correspondence art course because I can do that at a pace that is conducive to my back and pain issues.  I’m really excited about it!  I’m really looking forward to learning more and sharpening my skills.  I don’t feel like being an artist is a destination but more of a journey.  I don’t want to ever become complacent and stop improving.

I feel very fortunate for all the good people in my life who have encouraged me on this journey.  My relationship with God has been equally integral in me sorting my life back out and making something good out of it.  I’m blessed to have so many people who love and encourage me.  I want to take this space to thank all my family, friends, boyfriend, and just even the random people who comment and encourage me on my art or on life in general.  I couldn’t do it without all the love and support and I’m thankful for that.  I want to close this with a quote from one of my favorite tv shows that’s something that’s really resonated with me.

 

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things.  The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things, and make them unimportant.”

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy the site!

Sample of my work below.

All works are © catlickfever art please respect this.

 

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