“Time is too precious to use cheap low quality. And I think this involves many types of businesses! Quality before quantity is my key word! Even tho as an artist using a lot of paint, the quality stuff has always payed off. I have done the mistake in the past of buying colors, brushes, canvases etc that I thought was a good deal purchase them, but ended up not lasting for long or it made me redo things and take more time and waste my money. Investments are in the end worth it.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Karin Brauns. Karin is a fine artist and actress, originally from Norrköping, a peaceful city in the province of Östergötland in eastern Sweden. Her creativity was shaped by her scandinavian upbringing. The wilderness and the beauty of nature has always been a big influence in her life. Her Art brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to her acrylic paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture. She utilizes a blend of realistic and dreamy expressions, but with a golden touch. Karin’s seminal series “Heartbeats Of The Wild” depicts pairs of endangered animals that share a deep emotional connection. Heartbeats showcases the pureness of true fear, true love and true innocence through their vulnerable eyes.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I left Sweden almost a decade ago, and yes..I know what you are thinking, I’m still in my twenties! Not joking.. I was eager to get a taste of the world. I think I’ve always had an adventurous and curious spirit, I have traveled overtly throughout the world and lived in various countries like England, New Zealand. It started with the modeling even though acting always has been a passion and a thrive since growing up. Coming from a different country it had more flexibility and work to offer not having english as a prior language.
It was when I moved to LA the acting came to play a bigger part. I moved to the states by myself five years ago, it was a bit overwhelming at first but got into the Hollywood vibe pretty fast. It was a few years later I found the comfort and peace to create my own art which I always deep inside truly wanted and felt that my purpose was. While growing up family, friends and teachers often suggested me to study arts, but I never wanted to, I didn’t believe that I could be taught, it was already in my head.
The shift from performing arts to visual arts has always come easily and naturally tho.
With the art I can be my own boss, when I’m in front of that blank canvas, no one can tell me what to do or how to behave, I’m in my own world, following my own visions. Great for the stubborn Leo woman that I am (if you want to believe the horoscope)
Thanks to my life experience of living different places meeting incredible characters along the way and being so in love with the nature I’ve gained a lot of inspiration towards my art.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company
I registered my own LLC fine art business last year.. Hmm.. I have many more funny stories when it comes to being on movie sets I guess, like getting my toe cut off or chasing unicorns around in Canibal forests. Those ones I’ll have to save for next time.
I spent some time in Europe last winter for the holidays and was eager to create some more pieces, even if I’m on holiday my creativeness never stops. It drives me crazy if I can’t let my brain loose for a little.
Some of the paintings turned out to be ‘’very special’’ and I wanted to bring them back to the states to sell and exhibit but not worth to ship over as acrylic art can be very fergile. So I wrapped them up in bubble wrap and all kinds of paper. Took out most of my beloved belongings and filled my suitcase with my art. Luckily every single one of them made it to LA without of scratch. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. For a little lady like me letting go of personal belongings such as handbags and shoes is never fun.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
My goal is to touch people emotionally, even if it’s in a good or bad way. I want them to walk into that room, look at that painting on the wall and make their thoughts wander away from the reality for a second. Make him/her think about something, a memory, the past, something yet to come, make them feel something. ‘’Hey let me touch your soul’’. My Animals especially. There’s too many sad things happening to different species on this planet, even us! Whatever I can do as an artist to support and get voices heard from my art, I do. Every single piece have their own story to tell.
It is obviously great to put a touch of colorful and signatured art in someones house or office to make it look special, but art is more than that, much more.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way who has taught me a lot of things in life. Things I do want in life and things I don’t want. Good and bad lessons. I decided to ignore the things I don’t want and live by the quote’’ Find what you love and let it kill you’’ That has guided to move towards my goals and the way of living. Life is short and everyone wants to enjoy most of it, you don’t know when it will end.
One of my dearest friends became very successful at a young age starting his company from scratch. He have a fire in him and till this day never stops working and being engaged. He taught me to “Get things done’’ and believe that nothing is possible if you constantly work hard for it.
Are you working on any exciting projects now?
I just finished up The Beverly Hills art show last weekend which was a very pleasant experience, It was my very first time applying to that one, so I was very delighted when I got accepted. A show I’d love to come back to next year. I’ve got new upcoming projects in Montreal, Canada for the summer and then Chicago for the fall. There’s always something going on in ‘’Karin World’’, wait and see .
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Support animals, children and the planet. They have not it easy getting their voices heard. Provide my art to more charities and organizations.
Do you have a favorite book that made a deep impact on your life? Can you share a story?
To be brutally honest, I don’t read that many books! As a child I loved listen to fairy tales my mom used to read for me while looking at the colorful images of the books pages. We used to bring home bags full of books from the library. Nowadays, I love reading about things that teach me stuff or an interesting biography. Paulo Coelho, Joseph Murphy and Napoleon hill are not too shabby writers either.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- A helping hand
Probably the most important thing I ever learned from starting a small business is that everyone needs help. Even if it’s a family member, a friend or anyone who have a lot of success and experience in their life who can guide you into the right path. At first I thought it was easy for me to want to keep control and to want to do everything myself, but often times it will slow down the progress. I am working on such large canvases too many times. My Whale painting for example is 9.2” x 7.2” feet, there’s no way in the world I could carry that by myself even tho I do like bigger is better. Find a good team or having someone around to help and mentor is always golden, (as long as they don’t paint on my artwork of course)
2.Know what kinds of art supplies are and are not worth your money
Time is too precious to use cheap low quality. And I think this involves many types of businesses! Quality before quantity is my key word! Even tho as an artist using a lot of paint, the quality stuff has always payed off. I have done the mistake in the past of buying colors, brushes, canvases etc that I thought was a good deal purchase them, but ended up not lasting for long or it made me redo things and take more time and waste my money. Investments are in the end worth it.
3. First priority
Financial stability and success is to live and breathe your passion. Always put it as first priority and set up goals. It will come from expertly running your business of the time doing what you love working on your craft but also focusing on time marketing, selling, strategizing.
4. Grow a thick skin
People always have things to say and any feedback is great. Even though most is positive people like to be negative naturally. There will be cruel or nonconstructive towards you and your work. Everyone have different taste and style what they like, I learned not to take anything personally. I think constructive criticism is one of the most useful forms of feedback. It will give you a glimpse into the minds of others and see what people like and what sells.
It has never really been on my weak side, but when you do something you enjoy naturally and not think about it things will come to you. I learned to stop worrying and just go for it. Trying different things, being out there, networking and just simple enjoy life and be who you are, that’s the key of success.
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!
Originally published at medium.com