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Daily Inspiration: Meet Angela Perry Hochstatter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Perry Hochstatter. 

Hi Angela, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
As a young child my dream was to be an artist, as I grew up, I dabbled a bit but not serious about it, that is until my grandmother passed and I launched myself back into the art as a coping mechanism, it truly helped me. I always wanted to show in galleries but always thought that was a farfetched dream. 

In my early 30s I started what I now call my “career” at city museum as a floor staff worker, I had little knowledge of the inner workings of the art world besides the art fairs I would attend but working in Art city at city museum was a goal I set for myself, and If I could just get in that would be my start of my art dream. 

Then one day I got a message that a local gallery (art D) wanted me to bring my art in, so I took about 3 pieces and was accepted on the spot as one of the artists in an upcoming show! 

I am self-taught and to my surprise 

Bucket list checkmark #1 happened just like that 

Since that day I have been full-on art nonstop day and night, the next accomplishment was my entrance into art city working a couple days a week creating art and crafts with junk nobody wanted. all the while still doing art shows and selling art. 

Then the art fairs! I was doing the taste of STL and a couple others here and there 

Time just flies by and before I knew it, I was the manager of ArtCity at the museum. 

I have learned so much in my 15 years at the museum, sculpture, clay, papier mache, cardboard art, watercolor the list could go on, my art peers always inspired me to keep pushing myself to do better. 

Bob cassillys art along with Tim Burton and the whimsical rusty industrial feel from both really inspired me when creating my style. 

During 2020 I continued to work part-time for the museum and did Facebook live creating arts and crafts with stuff in my house in the corner of my little kitchen, during that time I was recognized by USA Today as one of the top ten art streaming shows in the country, ya I can say without hesitation on that day I absolutely cried. 

I love working with customers I love creating family experiences and if I can spark a fire in an adult to want to create a memory with, they’re child or just for themselves then I achieved what I want and that’s making people happy and maybe showing a person a new way to express themselves. 

My main art medium is acrylic paint, I also love gouache, and alcohol markers and most recent I launched my jewelry line called It’s so me. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Easy? No not always my dad passed away 11 years ago and for a couple years, I stopped the art shows but continued to create. My husband, daughter, mom, and sister continued the encouragement in my art journey and that has meant so much to me. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a painter mainly but I dabble in quite a few other arts. I am known for my wood grain line work within my art, I create whimsical worlds on wood and incorporate the grains into the sky’s 

I am most proud of my determination to never quit no matter what life throws at me. 

During 2020 as a result of doing the Facebook lives for city museum I found a passion for being behind a camera and teaching tutorials so I created my YouTube channel Angela Creates and I upload 2-3 times a month 

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Vacations every year with my parents because we drove across country to our destinations. 

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