Archer & Olive

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I wasn't happy trying to interpret what others wanted, and started making art that made me happy

Name, Age, Location, Professional Title, Employer

Bonnie Kuhl | 31 | Austin, TX | Owner/Designer | Archer and Olive

What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?

I love playing Boardgames, and role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. It's a great way to exercise my creativity in a way other than painting. I'm also always outside (largely in part to my son) but there's so much inspiration that comes from nature. 

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Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?

Sometimes! I actually stopped doing custom work because I felt like clients (naturally) wanted work that represented them. I wasn't happy trying to interpret what others wanted, and started making art that made me happy :-).  

What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?

Morning all the way!

What are your creative goals for the future? 

I'm working on a bunch of new projects at the moment! In a few weeks we'll be launching a line of enamel pins for creatives. I have an introduction to gouache course launching in a month, and a few really fun projects coming in Q3 which I'm not quite ready to share. 

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Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?

Because I own my own business, I suppose every project is a personal one! haha. But in my free time, I do paint art to decorate my house with. 

What scares you?

Business wise? Not succeeding, and having invest soon much time into something others don't enjoy. Personally, I'd have to say serial killers! I listen to way to many true crime podcasts. 

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What does success mean to you?

Making a living doing what I love!

Why do you create?

I started drawing to help with my anxiety. A lot of repetition and mindless doodling is incredibly relaxing. 

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Anything else you want to add?

The best piece of advice I've received is: If you don't know your style, it just means you haven't created enough art! For so many years I struggled trying to find my style. All it took was creating, creating, and more creating! Eventually I found a style that is uniquely mine. 

 

For more of Bonnie's wonderful work and to shop Archer & Olive, visit www.archerandolive.com.