PAPAYA! Artist Anahata Katkin Featured at Creekside Pizza
Anahata Katkin was born in 1978. She is an Alaskan-bred, Oregon-based artist and co founder of PAPAYA! Inc, PAPAYA! Living Boutique, and LEELAH clothing. She developed her passion for the arts by trial-and-error discovery. Anahata’s work is a synergy between painting, graphic design and hand made, mixed media pieces. She has woven a heart centered landscape of off-beat icons and illustrations that have comprised the spectrum of PAPAYA’s signature aesthetic since it’s beginning in 2003.
Based in Ashland, Oregon Anahata is continually inspired to bounce between her life as an artist, mother, entrepreneur, traveler and boutique-maker. The facets of Anahata’s professional and personal life merge together in what she likes to call, “Creative Abandon”. A credo that to her, simply means a life of purpose, passion and creative authenticity rolled into a singular goal. One she feels she will be chasing & expressing for life.
“I like the place where pretty and gritty meet. Where flowers, faces and ink run together. I’m inspired endlessly by plants, travel, textiles, folk arts, Asian influences and faces…always faces. I build artwork then I tend to overlay a character or mood that I feel emerges as I go. I believe in working from impulse-to-impulse and not thinking too hard during the process. I make artwork for myself and then take it from there.”
Anahata began her art career both through PAPAYA! as well as teaching. Anahata has taught dozens of creative workshops and shared her passion for mixed media with hundreds of participants over a period of years. From Port Townsend’s acclaimed Artfest, to the beaches of Bali. Today, however Anahata is no longer teaching but pursuing artistic travel & creative discoveries both for PAPAYA! and personally.
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