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Rising Stars: Meet Caitlyn Snelling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlyn Snelling.

Hi Caitlyn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
A couple of years ago, my home’s basement flooded, and when we were fixing it, I decided it would be really cool to fix it up and turn it into an awesome football watching space. I was looking for things for the walls but couldn’t find anything I really liked, my personal style is very simple and clean. My husband came up with the suggestion for me to draw what I was looking for myself, and while I enjoyed drawing and would do it as a hobby, I had no real formal training and also had very little confidence in myself and my abilities, but my husband insisted I at least try, so I did.

I began drawing small portraits of my favorite players with colored pencils. My husband then encouraged me to share my work within the sports fan pages I was in online, and when I did, the response was incredible. People seemed to genuinely enjoy my works, so I kept drawing. Before long, my following grew, and to my complete surprise, my work was being recognized by both professional sports teams and pro athletes. I have found a wonderful community with the amazing sports fans and fellow artists of Kansas City and have gotten to combine my two favorite things, sports and art, into one amazing job.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I believe the road to where I am now has been smooth for the most part, and that is mostly due to the support of my husband. He works full time to support our family, encourages me and supports me through all of the ups and downs that I have gone through so far. I am very blessed to have him on my team.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a hyper-realistic colored pencil sports portrait artist. I draw athlete portraits and really try to focus on their faces and the emotions of the sport of the moment. When people look at my art, I want them to remember not just the moment but all of the feelings of that moment. I pride myself in my use of colors and blending to help express those emotions and bring my subjects to life.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson that I have learned is one that I am still learning and that is how to have confidence in myself and in my art.

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