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Artist Information

Name: Kaci King-Hoppman
Medium: Painting
Style: Abstract, Contemporary

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full”][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][vc_column width=“2/3”][vc_tta_tabs layout=“trendy” stretch=“1” title_font=“body”][vc_tta_section title=“Biography” tab_id=“1556904212576-a00267d3-de6ecfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-53844463–04c6”][vc_column_text]I am Kaci King-Hopp­man. Self-taught abstract artist, cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Tyler. As a preach­ers daugh­ter born in Ver­non and raised In Plain­view Texas, I con­sid­er the great high plains as my nat­ur­al home. We moved to Tyler from Abi­lene in June 2019 so my hus­band and I could be clos­er to his ail­ing moth­er. I began paint­ing in 2007. At the time we had no space in our first home, an ear­ly 1910s, small, two sto­ry cot­tage. So my hus­band made me a space and I began learn­ing. My focus real­ly took off in 2017 when per­son­al life events changed my per­spec­tive and I began to focus my art to help me deal with my men­tal and phys­i­cal health and, well, life in general.

I am an intro­vert. But I love peo­ple and a crowd. I find paint­ing is ther­a­py for me. It allows me to freely express my emo­tions. I can’t always ver­bal­ize what I’m think­ing. But through paint­ing, I can.

The best way I have found to describe my craft is a quote by D.W. Winnicott:

“Artists are peo­ple dri­ven by the ten­sion between the desire to com­mu­ni­cate and the desire to hide.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Artist’s State­ment” tab_id=“1576189416677-d9b1ce74-9563”][vc_column_text]Painting is my Zen

I’m not big on shar­ing my feel­ings, but with paint­ing, it is me open­ing up my diary to the world. I’m as abstract as my work[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Artist Inter­view” tab_id=“1589402369576-f155f78c-552c”][vc_column_text]

Artist Interview: Kaci King-Hoppman

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
Doo­dling. I doo­dle. It start­ed as notes while on the phone…then I trail off with a few squil­ly swirly lines. I doo­dle when I watch peo­ple cook. I doo­dle when I have hard con­ver­sa­tions, when hav­ing fun con­ver­sa­tions, when prob­lem solv­ing, when I don’t want to cry, if I’m on the phone with you…good chance I’m doo­dling. I’ve been known to doo­dle on paper, sty­ro­foam, gro­cery bags, mag­a­zine, bibles, books…a lit­tle of every­thing. Been doing it since I was a kid.

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I began paint­ing in 2007 when I looked at my hus­band and said “I think I want to try to start paint­ing” At the time we had no space in our first home, an ear­ly 1910s, small, two sto­ry cot­tage. So my hus­band sur­prised me one night after work with a space he had cre­at­ed for me to start.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
Before 2015 I con­sid­ered myself more of an ama­teur or hob­by artist, After 2017 my per­spec­tive changed when life events hap­pened and I began to focus on my art as a way to heal men­tal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly and, well, to deal with life in general.

What is your process like?
It’s pret­ty dif­fer­ent every time.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
Once I’m done with a piece it’s pret­ty much out of my head so when I’m asked “what is it?” Or “what were you feel­ing” it real­ly is hard to answer because it’s usu­al­ly gone. But what I love about my work is the abstract and hear­ing what oth­ers see or feel.

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
I leave it to chance.

Where do you see your work going from here?
Being near and help­ing care for my Moth­er in Law has inspired me to start a paint­ing series I call ‘Tuesday’s with Ellen.’ On Tuesday’s (or what ever day allows) we try to spend the day with her; she loves to sit on her porch in the sun, chat, and insists I paint while we do this. My goal for this is to cre­ate a book with notes from those days that coin­cide with the painting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full” css=”.vc_custom_1556905803913{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column][us_grid post_type=“attachment” images=“2108,2109,2110,2111,2112” items_quantity=“15” pagination=“ajax” items_layout=“gallery_default” type=“masonry” columns=“3” overriding_link=“popup_post_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]