We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathy Katz Linden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathy, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art was something I did for as long as I can remember. It always took up my waking hours. I graduated University (in Miami) with a degree in art. I was starry eyed, full of dreams and so excited to pursue my passion and show the world what I could do. I moved back to New York and reality quickly set in. I soon realized my passion may be a fantasy. If I were going to provide for myself I would have to go main stream into the world of advertising or graphic arts. Not at all what I had anticipated. I did spend a good deal of time in Greenwich Village, then a Mecca for people in the arts, and a place I felt comfortable in and belonged. The years passed, and life took over. It wasn’t until my children were grown that I could begin to devote my time to my passion. I grew artistically and began experimenting with new mediums and developed “my style”. This was what I was meant to do! It was fulfilling, it was fun, it was enlightening, it was exhilarating!. Finally, I was discovering me, I was creating, I was emerging!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is very figurative and very colorful, but it wasn’t always. I, like many, have had dark periods in my life. My work was revealing that, but I didn’t want this to be representative of who I was or what I could do. I had an epiphany and began to create with a very expanded palette. It made me happy and my viewers as well. I began entering artist calls and applied to galleries for showings. Another reality, as the rejections came… one after another. Certainly very disheartening and a crossroads. To continue or pack it up? You begin to question everything about yourself and your work. I decided to have strength of character and belief in myself! I forged ahead and am now showing my work in local galleries as well as exhibiting internationally. I am also receiving invitations from renowned galleries in Europe to exhibit. My hard work and persistence has paid off.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Without a doubt, Miami is the place to be. Wynwood, the Walls, the many galleries, the eateries…. all candy for the senses. Then, of course, there is the west coast of Florida. Low key, serene and nurturing for the mind and body.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have without the support of my family. My poor, unselfish husband became accustomed to eating alone as I spent hours in my studio. My children would take time to see what Mom was up to and always be encouraging. Then there are my wonderful artist friends who support and energize me!!