We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Kyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, what do you want your legacy to be?
That’s a difficult question! I think if I could choose what I would be remembered for, I would want to be remembered as someone who treats people well and isn’t afraid to take creative chances.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started drawing as a kid and just never stopped. Today, I create mostly portraits with elements of surrealism. Art is a tool for me, something that I can use to express thoughts and feelings that I can’t verbalize. I especially like to explore themes of mental health in my art. My hope with my art is always that I can create something other people can relate to and connect with and interpret for themselves. Another goal of mine is to use my art to help people in a practical way. The Hesed project has allowed me to do this by creating illustrations for coloring books that are sold to raise money for charity. I started this project with my close friend, Hannah Lim, with the intention of allowing artists like myself to use their art to make positive change in the world, and I’m proud of what we’ve created.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My hometown of Loveland, Colorado, is absolutely packed with fun things to do and is less than an hour’s drive from Rocky Mountain National Park. Heading up to the mountains is definitely at the top of my list of fun things to do-a quick hike to Alberta Falls or Gem Lake is always just what the doctor ordered. Closer to home, Loveland has plenty of fun, local businesses and hangouts to explore. There are my favorite coffee shops, The Coffee Tree and Dark Heart Coffee, both located downtown. There are also a plethora of unique antique shops downtown, including my favorite, Dickens’ Alley. And of course no visit to Loveland would be complete without a stop at Benson Sculpture Garden.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who have helped be in developing as an artist and designer. First, my parents, who have encouraged and cultivated my creativity from the time I was old enough to hold a crayon. Without their encouragement I don’t know if I would have had the confidence to pursue a creative career. Second, my high school art teacher, Eris Klein. She helped me to see a whole new world of creative possibilities and gave me a strong artistic foundation to build off of.