FEATURED ARTIST: Katie Mallory
Tell me a little about yourself…
Name: Kathleen (“Katie”) Stephanie Mallory
Astrological Sign: Libra
Born: Moraga, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Current Residence: I live near San Francisco
Type of projects: Paintings. Most of my paintings are acrylic and mixed media (sand, glass, etc.) on canvas.
How long have you been an artist? When did you first discover your artistic ability?
When I was little I watched my oldest sister, Sandy, paint a huge mural across the wall in her bedroom. I didn’t have any artistic ability back then but I thought that I did and I would paint at the kitchen table for hours and hours. When I was eight I created a terrible painting that everyone laughed at and it ended up in the garage. That was a wake-up call. I kept trying and I thought that I was getting better but I really wasn’t, and then in high school my guidance counselor signed me up for art class. It turned out that our teacher also taught art at UC Berkeley. I was very lucky. That was my turning point. It was like a spring board.
Where can we check out and buy your work?
This is the address to my art portfolio: www.picasaweb.google.com/katiemallory
This is the link to it: https://plus.google.com/photos/114495533508877255044/albums?banner=pwa
I sell my original paintings in person, face to face, not over the internet, therefore my email address is: email@example.com
I sell prints and reproductions on a variety of different websites such as Etsy, but people can buy those directly from me, too.
Additionally, I have several videos about my art on YouTube. Here is a list of links to a few of my videos:
- A slide show about my art projects during the great recession: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBhBQkVmyMI
- Sketching “The Yam Pounders”:
- Painting a reproduction of “Osun And Her Peacock”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GfefDSz2EI
- My narration about “Dance ’til Dawn” with captions in Russian (the painting is twice as popular in Russia than in the U.S.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11RxYpK-dIU
What do you get out of being an artist?
I have a lot of friends who I met through my art. You can see some of them on my Facebook friends list. Look for those who live in Nigeria.
Do you have any future plans for your artwork?
There’s an American investor who is offering to open a signature art gallery for me in the Bahamas, to sell paintings to tourists. I may do that, but also there’s a huge market for my art in Washington D.C. and in Harlem in New York City and in Houston, Texas.
I need a professional agent or business manager. There are a few different reasons. Firstly, I need to stay focused on painting (not on running a business). Secondly, I need someone who knows how to do business with art galleries. The reason is because I used to give original paintings to art galleries to sell on consignment and they sold them and didn’t tell me. I thought that my paintings were still there but they were long gone and I didn’t get paid for them.
I’ve had other disasters, too. For example, there was an eatery that hung my original paintings on their walls (for decoration, they weren’t for sale) and they sold prints that were in a bin. I supplied the prints and replenished the inventory once a month. They didn’t keep track of sales and they didn’t know how much money they owed me. After about a year they removed the bin and they didn’t inform me and so I showed up with more inventory. The owner was polite and he explained that his business isn’t licensed to sell merchandise. I left the original paintings there temporarily until I could figure out what to do next, and then he closed his shop and took the paintings with him. I can get the paintings back. He’s not a bad guy or a thief but our lack of business experience caused major problems for us. I really need a business-minded manager.
Here’s another crazy story. An art gallery owner called me and said that a customer commissioned a portrait of a wine bottle for $200. I discovered that he didn’t pay him or even give him a deposit. I made the portrait and delivered it to the customer’s house, and he handed me $150. I was stunned. At first I was speechless, and then somehow I mustered the courage to argue with him until he gave me the money. The art dealer should have charged more for the painting and also he should have collected a deposit up front, but he didn’t care because it wasn’t his loss. If I had a business manager than it wouldn’t have happened.
What’s the weirdest or most astonishing and controversial painting that you have ever created and how so or why?
My most controversial painting is an erotic nude titled “Sex Trafficking in San Francisco.”
What do others seem to love about your art, as far as feedback you have gotten?
When people talk about The Yam Pounders they usually mention the bright pretty colors. That painting is really about harmony and movement. It’s the same theory that I applied to my ballet painting Dance ’til Dawn; the characters work together effortlessly and they’re doing a thing that’s really hard to do.
What is your advice to fellow artists?
Never get mad at yourself for making huge mistakes and having to repaint something over again from scratch. I do it all the time. If you were to take an X-Ray of Dance ’til Dawn you’ll see that I repainted the guy’s right leg three times. I repainted his face three times. The first time he looked like my ex fiance Arash, and the resemblance was so close that my best friend Dawn asked me if it was him. And so I repainted his face and then my friend Jeff told me that he looked like a monkey. I repainted him again, this time as a Vietnamese guy, and then my uncle asked me if it’s Michael Jackson.