Karin Hoffman.Local artist looks to build on early success posted on 03/01/2018
Karin Hoffman has made a full transition in her career since
her first child arrived three years ago, but one aspect has remained constant:
Hoffman worked for A Touch of Class Cleaning before her
family expanded, when cleaning the bathroom (among other rooms) was just part
of the job. Now, Hoffman is a mother of two, and to help make some money while
being at home, she works as an acrylic painter and the most convenient place to
create her works is the lavatory.
“Having a three-year-old and a one-year-old, I have to be on
call all of the time,” Hoffman said. “Being there, I can be central, the kids
can come in and I can drop what I’m doing at a moment’s notice.”
Hoffman started working as an artist just last April, but she’s
already enjoyed some quick successes: two pieces were selected for a
beautification process in Beaverton, Cat’s Moon Coffee in Boring offers her
work on t-shirts and mugs, Wippersnappers in Sandy hired her for a mural in
their expanded play space and her work is currently showing at the Estacada
Library through April. After that, her work will be shown at the Sunnyside
Health & Wellness Center in Happy Valley May 11 through the Clackamas
County Arts Alliance (CCAA).
“It’s been pretty exciting,” said Hoffman, a Sandy resident.
“It’s really an honor.”
Hoffman noted that she is mainly self-taught, but that she
does have some artists in the family, including her grandmother on her mom’s
side and an uncle. She described her style as “pop realism,” taking a pop style
but trending towards realistic things, and she prefers to work with bright,
“It definitely makes you feel happy and glad that your
artwork is touching people,” Hoffman said. “It’s nice when you find people who
are drawn to your style.”
Suzi Anderson, Programs Coordinator for the CCAA, noted that
Hoffman’s art received very high marks.
“It was so colorful and bright and cheery, that the
selection committee thought it would bring a lot of peace and joy to our
exhibit galleries,” she said.
The CCAA places artwork from county artists in 18 galleries
in 11 venues throughout Clackamas County, including public buildings, libraries,
hospitals, a bank and health centers, while running a number of programs that promote
art and culture. Anderson added that about half the artists in the exhibit
program are first-timers.
“We feel like it's a win-win-win situation: for the artists
to show work, for the public to have access of different varieties and it
beautifies their surroundings, as well,” she said.
Hoffman, who has also been hired to create commission
pieces, noted that her success has so far paid the art bills and provided some
profit on top.
“When I do get to reflect, which isn’t often, I do feel very
blessed and privileged that I’ve gotten to do this,” she said. “So far it
really has been going well, I’ve been thrilled to see that it’s something I can
continue to do. It’s been a thrilling ride.”
Prints of Hoffman’s work and more information are available
at Etsy.com/shop/BlissBrush, Facebook.com/BlissBrush,Instagram.com/BlissBrush
By Garth Guibord/MT