Kendra Binney

I’m a nature loving painter, draw-er, pet collecting mess maker. All of my best clothes are covered in dirt, paint, and animal hair.

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Where do you live?
Portland, Oregon

Where have you lived?
I grew up in the tiny town of Pinetop-Lakeside,  Arizona, but have mostly lived in Portland ever since. It’s hard to compete with the mix of urban and nature you can find here. It would take a lot to make me move.

What medium do you use?
Anything I can find, but mostly acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and collaged paper and other little bits of things I find.

How do you stay inspired? 
I go outside and on walks and hikes a lot. I don’t usually have trouble staying inspired so much as I do staying focused on just one idea.

Where do you buy your art supplies? 
There’s an Artist and Craftsman store walking distance from my house. I go there a lot.

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Traditionally, but I do digital collage and enhancement when necessary.

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Navy + royal blue + purplish-pink. This will likely change to a new color obsession next week.

What blog(s) do you read? 
I don’t think I even know the names of any blogs.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?  
I can make up imaginary worlds.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be? 
Sad, empty, and looking for purpose.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?  
I’d love to illustrate a book of fairy tales or greek mythology, or wall art for Anthropologie.

Name something you do in your spare time. 
I’m usually petting an animal of some sort or trying to tame one to let me pet it.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had? 
I randomly met a woman one time who had tattoos of my artwork completely covering both her arms. There are probably odder experiences, but that one stands out. It was pretty flattering.

What are you reading now? 
A cheap romance novel that I found in the vacation rental I’m staying in.

What recent book do you recommend for a good read? 
Not the cheap romance novel referenced above. It’s pretty terrible.

Where would you like to travel to next? 
Kenya. I’d like to go on a Safari.

What’s your favorite TV show? 
I don’t really watch much TV.

What movie have you seen several times? 
All of the “Alien” movies.

Who is your favorite cartoon character? 
Not sure I have one, but I’ve been told by multiple people that I’m a lot like Lisa Simpson so I’ll go with her. Not sure if that’s a compliment though…

What is your favorite cheese? 
All of them except Brie.

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it? 
“Petty Squabbles.” It would be a nondescript greyish purple-ish color.

Do you wear shoes when you do art? 
I don’t wear shoes for much of anything.

What do you listen to while you work? 
According to my iTunes playlist, mostly “2 rights make 1 wrong” by Mogwai.

What artist are you reincarnated from?
Buckminster Fuller – not exactly an “artist” maybe, but I think we’re similar paper hoarders.

What’s your middle name?
Lorraine

What do you wish your middle name was? 
I got my middle name from my Grandma, so I’m ok with it as is – even if it does sound like it belongs to a telephone operator from 1953.

If you could eat only one food, what would it be? 
Something covered in chocolate

How do you stay in shape? 
I walk my dogs a lot and very rarely sit down.

How don’t you stay in shape?
Eating too many things that are covered in chocolate.

What is your current favorite font? 
I have no idea, but it would probably be a swirly looking script font with lots of flourishes.

How do you take your coffee? 
In a to-go cup while pushing a stroller and trying to wrangle a bunch of dog leashes.

Whom would you like to meet?  
I can’t think of anyone specifically but they’d probably have fur and a tail.

What question would you most like to be asked? 
“Kendra, can I please clean your house everyday, forever?”

What was your favorite illustration assignment? 
Private painting commissions are always my favorite. They feel so personal and special and I love channeling pieces of someone else’s life and personality into my paintings.

Collage Greetings
Microsoft
Sanrio
Vinyl Films

…and many private commissions.

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