Kal Barteski

Barteski, KalArtist + Polar Bear Lover

Kal Barteski is a true artist…from brush scripted type to dynamic canvasses and everything in between. She’s a wife, mom and coffee addict. She’s a TEDx speaker, polar bear lover and an award winning entrepreneur.

Her iconic brush script style has become recognizable across the globe and her love of ice + winter is strange, but endearing.

My personal practice is…

painting. Painting letters, painting ideas, painting animals and feelings.

How did you discover your practice?

I discovered my practice when I was eight years old and it has been my daily happy-place ever since.

Why do you practice?

I paint because painting makes me a happier, healthier person and if I’m happy I am prepared and able to contribute to the happiness around me.

How frequently and for how long do you practice?

I practice every weekday. Because I work in different styles and for different purposes – the timing ranges from 30 minutes to eight hours.

What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?

Time, schedules, SHOULD-Do’s. It’s a busy life with three little people under six and their needs and schedules are challenging to balance with artistic whim. Maintaining that a slice of my schedule stays dedicated to painting is not easy and there never seems to be enough time but, I’ve found

I move through my desire for time by doing my best to stick to the schedule, but also by staying flexible and forgiving of myself when things don’t look exactly like I imagined them. This is a busy time for us, but it is also the meaty life marrow that is creating love and memories and bonds.

What supports you in staying committed to your practice?

I stay committed because painting, to me – is like breathing. It’s necessary. It’s my way.

There are no words to describe the feelings of creating art from paints. It’s exhilarating – it fills me with energy and peace at the same time. It’s important to me that my daughters see and appreciate that so they will one day have the confidence to follow their passions.

What role does your practice play in your work?

My practice is also my work. It is the only job I have ever had.

Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.

I am inspired by the people I see waking up at 5am to be physical whether it’s a barre class or a Pilates lesson or the gym or yoga. Morning movement is something I have fallen out of habit with and know I benefit from.

A practice I’d like to explore is….

I would like to explore SUP (stand up paddleboarding) and becoming a DJ. I’m on the waiting list for DJ academy and I had my first SUP clinic last week!

Anything else you’d like to share about practice.

My neighbour is also an artist and her studio windows meet mine. When I feel anxious because there never seems to be enough time, I see her – 35 years old than me – painting away and I remember that life is winding and full and sweet and we are where we are meant to be. I find peace in those thoughts.

This quote was so inspiring to me that I needed to script it right away.: “The things you are passionately about are not random – they are your calling” ~ Fabienne Fredrickson

Check out Kal’s website, her passion project and her TEDx talk.