Katie Bradley creates touching watercolor and ink art mostly based around children and natural hair. Her story is what drew me to her more than anything. She is a Caucasian woman who has a passion for adoption, Africa, and art for children of a diverse ethnic background. I am intrigued by people who center their worlds around selfless acts and philanthropy.
What Katie says about her children, art and black hair:
“My inspiration comes from my kids – my first watercolors ever were painted for my son’s nursery 5.5 years ago. Now we are adopting a little girl from Ethiopia, and so I began learning how to care for and style African hair – we want our daughter to feel good about her natural curls! Braiding my friend’s daughter’s hair for the first time inspired my “Hair Time” series, and it just kind of went from there. I look forward to Hair Time being a special time of bonding between my daughter and me. For my children’s illustrations I like to use basic lines and bright colors, because a child’s eyes and mind catch on to them so readily. Painting brings me so much joy, and I am so honored and humbled that my art is being welcomed into so many homes. All proceeds from my art sales go into our adoption fund. We have almost reached our fundraising goal! Once that goal is met, we will use the extra money to buy formula and medicine for the orphanage our daughter comes from.”
I love that it is important to her that her daughter grows up loving her natural hair. Check out some of her work:
“Love Has No Color.”
Viewing her work really warms my heart *I sound like a granny* The love she has for her children is evident in her work. If you see anything you like, you can make a purchase here. She sells her pieces on etsy.com. The price of the art starts around $6.