We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Hassold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking a risk is really just trying something new, even if it’s just new to you. The way I see it the only other alternative is to keep doing a limited number of things over and over when there is a whole world of things out there. Risk is scary and exciting and the only way to be sure you don’t miss anything.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art career started with a last minute decision to attend a workshop when someone else dropped out. Alice Williams, an accomplished artist who lived in Atlanta at the time was the instructor and we hit it off through our mutual love of color and line. She is still a mentor to me. From there I began developing my own style and after that building a brand that now sells nationally. I’m most proud of the fact that no matter what the subject, my work is easily recognizable as mine, something I think every artist should achieve. Social media, particularly Instagram, has become a huge marketing platform for artists. I love the challenge of figuring out what will speak to followers and finding ways to connect.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Greenville,SC, which has become one of the most recognized cities in the south. There are so many awesome restaurants here, all within walking distance of downtown. A river runs through right beside our Main Street and my studio on the water. I always start there and just a block away we can see spectacular outdoor art, parks, live music, a performing arts center, rooftop bars, and a walkable spectacular suspension bridge that makes the perfect viewing spot. I always say that if my art career doesn’t work out I’m going to apply at The Chamber of Commerce.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My grandmother had a favorite saying that made me believe I could do anything. “Dance,darling,dance” was her answer to any opportunity that came my way, no matter how far out of my current skill set. She meant that when the music starts, we should never hesitate to join in. And because of her I never have.