"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure." - Dale Carnegie
Ken Ottinger is another talented local artist we have living here. Ken and his wife, Laura, moved to Paulden 14 years ago.
Ken attributes his artistic talent to his mother.
"My mom used to draw and copy the characters in the funny papers when I was little, and at the age of 10 I started doing it, too," Ken said.
By the time Ken was in high school he excelled in the art classes.
"My art teacher wanted me to compete in the National Poppy Poster contest hosted by the American Legion. I did and I won for my high school, the district, the regional and the state of California," Ken recalled.
After high school Ken was accepted to The Art Center College of Design, a four-year accredited school in Los Angeles recognized as one of the finest art schools in the world.
Through the years Ken's abilities allowed him to basically paint just about anything he likes.
"My favorite subject to paint is the ancient Indians of the Southwest and their culture, right up to our American cowboys," Ken said. "To this day I have been fortunate enough to have made my entire living by creating fine art and commercial art."
Not only does Ken stay busy creating art, but he and his wife own and operate a commercial art studio out of their home, and he teaches at local colleges, as well.
"I have been teaching at Yavapai College's Visual Arts Department for six years, and I also teach for Prescott College in their mentor program, and I also teach at the Art Store in Prescott and Hobby Lobby in Prescott Valley," he explained.
Ken shared that as a teacher he was looking for a vehicle to bring the art students and the community together with an art show, which he did, calling it "Student & One Teacher Art Show."
"Last year the show was at the Center for Natural History, and the next show will be in February at the El Gato Azul restaurant in Prescott," Ken said.
It seems that Ken's life surely does revolve around his love of art.
"I have always enjoyed the act of creating. I like creating something out of nothing, and to be able to create a work of art that satisfies me and other people who look at it gives me pleasure," he said, smiling.
Ken's work can be seen at www.sculptorstudio.com or sites.google.com/site/kenottingerteaching/.