Hi, I'm Kayela. I'm a wife and mother of five. I’ve loved to draw as long as I can remember. In fact, I can’t recall ever wanting to be anything but an artist. Animation definitely had a huge impact on me. I believe my initial interest in art developed from seeing films like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. I was amazed that something like that could be created from drawings and I knew that was what I wanted to do!
After I started college, my time became more and more limited and art slowly got moved to the back burner. When I got married and had kids I nearly stopped completely. Not intentionally of course, life just started to get busy and time slowly slipped away before I even realized it.
I remember sitting up at the kitchen table one night after a particularly rough day. The kids were all asleep and I was alone with my thoughts. Being a new parent had led me to a massive identity crisis. I always thought that “figuring out who you are” was something that you did when you were a teenager, but here I was, a full grown adult and I had no idea who I was anymore. Parenthood brings out a different side of you, in many ways for the better. While I’m incredibly grateful for that, it was still a really hard transition. I felt like a stranger to myself. This new role had turned me into a person that I didn’t even recognize, and I wasn’t sure how to feel about it.
That night I pulled out a sketch pad and paper. I decided I needed to engage myself in something that made me feel the most like me. Drawing seemed like the perfect antidote. Unfortunately my experience was not as healing as I had hoped. My sketches turned out well, not so great… and the process wasn’t as relaxing or therapeutic as I remember. I felt awkward even holding the pencil and much to my dismay, my drawing reflected that. I realized it had been years since the last time I had sketched and consequently it seemed that I had forgotten how to draw. Staring at my ugly attempt of a portrait, I decided that “artist” was one part of my identity that I wasn’t quite ready to give up yet. I guess that was the wake-up call I needed because I immediately got to work. I spent the next few years attempting to re-build my skills and get to a place that maybe I could do something with my art.
So here I am now! What originally felt like a stumbling block, (parenthood...ha ha!) has slowly developed into my greatest asset and source of inspiration. Much of my recent work reflects the everyday moments I experience in life trying to raise a bunch of wild little humans and along the way I've discovered a deep passion for storytelling and humor. I've enjoyed every step of the way and I am looking forward to what the future has to bring.
If you've made it this far, congratulations! And thanks for taking a few moments out of your day to checkout my work and listen to my ramblings. You are awesome. Stop by any time!