Embracing the raw moments and living out loud in Key West. Longtime local, Katie Hobbs Holtkamp is an artist, school teacher, model, and mom. Katie's a self-proclaimed "Lover of all things Key West” and it shows, especially in the unique way she captures the twinkle in this Old Island's eye, throughout her artwork. We sat down with Katie for a chat to learn more about where she seeks her creative kindling, what she loves most about living in Key West, and what you gain from letting yourself get lost in the moment.
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We recently took a trip out to Stock Island to visit renowned wood artist Kasidy Fritts of Washed Up Key West.
How did you get started and what inspired you to blend local tropical hardwoods to create such stunning pieces?
You could say I was raised in a woodshop. When I was a kid in Pennsylvania my mom and dad converted an old barn out back into their own woodshop and they made a lot of small farmhouse-style trinkets and decorations. Fast forward to 2013 shortly after my first daughter was born I made my wife a table as a thank you and realized I really liked doing it.