Local artist Kaytee Esser is a painter who works mainly in oils but also enjoys pastels and watercolor. She primarily paints commissions of people and pets and finds it rewarding to work with people to get them what they want. By request, as a special memento of a wedding, she paints onsite to create a keepsake of the first step in a couple’s married life. Kaytee also teaches workshops in drawing, watercolor, pet and human portraitures. She will teaching workshops in pet and animal portraiture in March at the Boca Grande Art Center. Her painting medium depends on the situation. Painting outside in the summer here is grueling so she uses watercolor but switches to oils when it is cooler. For figure or portrait groups, Kaytee uses pastels. Recently she has been working with acrylics and exploring abstract art. Some of Kaytee’s works are currently on display at the Englewood Art Center.
What does it mean to be an artist? Kaytee believes that to be an artist you must decide to follow your creativity wherever it leads you. Have fun, enjoy the ride, even the ups and downs because it is through trial and error, effort and repetition that will make you a good artist. Art is not a business for the faint hearted, it is highly competitive, and critical. Artists love the thing that they create because it takes time and thought and when it comes out the way you want it to and you think it is great, someone else may think otherwise. Listen, because there may be something said that you can use. Sometimes, you may have to change direction and try something entirely new. Even if it does not pan out, it will help you to be a better artist.
What is Kaytee’s Artist’s Statement? “My work captures the rich character and personality of life. I can best describe my style as light, bright, and fun. I look for the individual personality that makes my paintings unique. I paint mainly with oil on canvas. Painting is my passion and my challenge, which I strive to communicate to the observer. I am a commission portrait artist of both people and pets.”
Kaytee Esser was raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, near Chadds Ford. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Kutztown University, PA. She is an accomplished Archeological Illustrator with credentials from Temple University, the State of Delaware and the National Park Service in Utah. She has taught in public schools and colleges in and around North Carolina, the Hilton Head Art Academy, Bluffton Art Association, the Island Artist Association of Fernandina Beach, FL, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL and the Boca Grande Art Center. Ms. Esser has also provided private workshops in Animal Portraiture, People Portraiture, Acrylic, Oil Painting, Pastel, Watercolor, and Drawing. Kaytee and her husband Greg now reside in Port Charlotte, Florida. Kaytee can be reached via email at KayteeEsser@gmail.com or by calling 843•476•9059. You can visit her website at www.KayteeEsser.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/kaytee.esser.