Meet Kaitlyn Alfaro
Story by SD Voyager
Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaitlyn Alfaro.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Throughout my life, I have always been a creative person. When I started high school, I became passionate about photography and decided to take a college course. It helped me capture the beauty of nature that I admired so much. I also joined yearbook in high school and was able to become the lead photographer. I went out to every sports and school event capturing the memories I knew people would appreciate. I loved being behind the camera and creating a story worth sharing. Yearbook also taught me how to design pages, write articles and captions, use color theory, and to have a meticulous eye.
I started going to college right out of high school in 2013 and was not sure what I wanted to do. I felt the stresses of early adulthood and needed an emotional release. I bought some paint and canvases at the art store and just started painting. It came natural to me. I loved going to museums and was always renting books about famous artists. I painted my dreams and whatever I thought would look pretty on my walls. Before I knew it, all of my wall space and closet in my room was covered with art. I started photographing and posting my nights painting on Facebook and Instagram and received a lot of positive feedback. I started selling my paintings to friends and family through social media. It gave me such a warm feeling knowing that someone enjoyed this part of me enough to hang it on their walls and give it to their friends as gifts.
I told my Dad that I wanted to go to art school. My Dad, being the savvy businessman he is told me, “Artists don’t make money till their dead, so you should learn business and how to market yourself.” He had a point, and I ran with it and started studying business in college. While I was in college, I continued creating art. It became an addiction and was very therapeutic. In 2014 I was invited to go to an event my friends were DJing and modeling at. It was a sunny day in Sacramento at a mansion filled with models, champagne, and music. I was approached by a talent scout and manager, and he asked why I was not modeling. I told him it was not really my thing. He asked what my interest was. I told him I enjoyed making art. So I showed him some pictures on my phone, and he offered me a chance to do a live painting and showcase my art at a new venue and bar in downtown Sacramento. I accepted the offer. I also decided when in Rome, do what the Romans do, and pretended I could model for a day.
I showcased my art at this new bar and venue in downtown Sacramento with no idea of what to do. I got a folding table, my art materials and laid my art on the table. I did a live painting and realized the audience had a bit too much to drink and they started painting all over my live painting. The talent scout also drank a bit too much. I luckily sold one painting but decided it was best to pack my stuff up and head out. I thanked everyone but realized this was not my scene and I had no idea what I was doing.
I moved a few months later to San Diego. I started working in OB (Ocean Beach) selling sunglasses and began selling my art at the OB Farmers Market (2014 and 2015). My boss would let me set up a table right outside of his shop where I would put my art on a blanket and paint at the fair. I had so much art to share with the world. As I started showcasing my art more, I used my name Kaitlyn Alfaro Art, and it started to become slaughtered. Many people thought it said “Kaitlyn Farts” or couldn’t remember it. My nickname is Kat, and I wanted to keep it short and simple but still incorporate my last name and created my art name, Alfa Kat. The more I posted online, the more offers I started receiving. I was invited to showcase my art at the Van Go Art Fair in Little Italy with local schools (2015). I was invited to showcase and become an underground RAW Artists at the House of Blues (2016). I showcased at a rooftop bar in La Jolla in the Top Artists show (2016.) I was also featured in La Bodega’s Venus All Women’s’ Exhibition for two years (2018 and 2019). I curated and hosted my first solo exhibition “Soul Reflection” in the art district in North Park (2018). And now I am a working artist as The Studio Door in Hillcrest (2019).
Please tell us about your art.
I am a self-taught artist and create for the pure joy and release. It is so fun experimenting and trying new mediums. I currently use acrylic paints, watercolors, spray paints, pens, and gold leaf. I grew up moving a lot, and I lived in Washington State, Germany, Alaska, Northern California, and now San Diego. I was born to travel and has aided in my love for art. No matter where I moved, art was always there. Just like my experiences, art, and life, it is always adapting and changing, which is why I am always experimenting and creating something new. My family loves the outdoors, gardening, camping, and fishing, and it aided in my creativity and appreciation of nature. Dreaming has always impacted my creativity as well. I have dreamed my entire life and remember them. I have been lucid dreaming my entire existence. It’s so mysterious and intriguing, and I try to implement those same feelings of curiosity in my art. Dreams, nature, and photography inspire me. I create each piece with great emotion. Whether it is the various types of music I am listening to, a dream I had the other night, or something happening in my current waking state, I try to capture it and transform it like an alchemist. I love hearing what people feel or see when they are drawn to a certain piece. Most the time, whatever feeling I had creating a piece, the viewer drawn to it is experiencing that same exact feeling, and it is extremely amazing — pure alchemy. The power of art is incredible yet so mysterious. It is necessary in our life. For our life is a work of art.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success as an artist is feeling like a painting is complete. It is that feeling knowing your art is being appreciated and admired in someones home. It is knowing my art had inspired someone to try something different or learn something new. It is being able to express myself freely without boundaries. It is being able to make a difference in my community and make our world more beautiful.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am working in my art studio at The Studio Door in Hillcrest. I usually post my latest work on my social media and my website because it can be seen at real time. I create at odd hours and contacting me through social media is the easiest and fastest way to get in touch with me
- Website: alfakatart.com
- Email: AlfaKatArt@gmail.com
- Instagram: @Alfa_Kat_Art
- Facebook: alfakatart
Kaitlyn Alfaro (Alfa Kat)