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Interview with Artist Brooke Knaus

Brooke Knaus's artwork is so appealing... we want to buy it and then furnish an entire room around it. Read on to learn more about the enchanting (inside and out) Brooke Knaus. 

where is your hometown?

Charlotte, NC

what does your household look like?

I live with my husband Chad and two children: my son Kipling (age 2) and daughter Vivienne Mae (age 2 months) on a beautiful street in the heart of Charlotte, NC.

what year did your company launch?

I’ve been painting my entire life, but only began selling about 3 years ago.

what originally sparked your idea for the company?

There isn’t really a “spark” that came for me. I’ve always been drawn to the arts. My mother is an artist who would paint on scraps of blue slate and wood. I grew up watching her work, and it was second nature to paint alongside her. My grownup version of that is painting still. It’s like breathing to me – I can’t imagine I’d survive long without doing it.

what do you love most about your company?

I love having the opportunity to export what’s in my head onto canvas. There aren’t any rules I have to follow, just instinct. That’s a very freeing place to operate from.

What is a current goal you are striving for?

I’d like to become a better home cook. In the past year, I’ve started to enjoy time in my kitchen. My favorite part is the presentation: the table setting, the candles, the flowers, the music. I love how it all comes together with a great meal. It’s a little like painting in a way – a vision that goes from brain space to real life with a little creativity and time.

How do you keep up your mental health?

I make sure I create a life that’s attractive to me by cultivating an environment I enjoy. That could be just lighting a candle for a good smell, or baking something because the process is soothing, or trading in a scratchy bathrobe for something softer. Those are all little forms of self care that keep my soul thriving.

Looking back on your entrepreneurial journey, what do you wish you had done differently?

Comparison is the thief of joy. When I was starting out, I would look at artists I admired and think “how do I get that kind of platform, sales, media coverage, etc.?” Once I turned off that noise and focused on my own vision, my product took a turn for the better. Better reception, better sales, better everything.

if you could give some advice to your 21-year-old self, what would you say?

I’d tell her to switch college majors and take as many art and art history classes as she can! I studied Public Relations in college because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn’t my passion or dream job. I do believe that everything happens for a reason though, and my biggest triumph, my family, is the result of that.

Fun Tips

recommended read:

Foe by Ian Reid. It’s a “philosophical suspense story.”

worthwhile TV series

Servant on Apple TV

Vacation spot you still dream about:

Estancia VIK in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Song on repeat:

Praying to a God – LUKE Remix

Cocktail of choice:

Peach Bellini

Entertaining tip or trick:

Roast a whole turkey with root vegetables then bring the whole platter to the table. It’s impressive to serve and ridiculously easy to make.

Recent purchase that delighted you:

Lunya washable silk pajamas

Skincare MVP:

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Essential makeup product:

Glossier Brow Flick in Blonde

“Once I turned off that noise and focused on my own vision, my product took a turn for the better. Better reception, better sales, better everything.”

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