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Meet Cameo K.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameo K..

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
 My name is Cameo Koch, my maiden name is Kruse, so nowadays I go by Cameo K. when it comes to my art.  😀

I am from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and have lived in Sunny San Diego for almost 5 years now.

I have always been interested in art since I was a little girl.

I remember in first grade, we had an assignment to draw an elephant in class. All the other students wanted me to draw their elephants because they thought mine was so good.

I started drawing people photo-realistically while I was in middle school. I was obsessed with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain; I remember sketching Kurt with a Bic pen and thinking, “wow, this is pretty good.”

I always wanted to grow up to be an artist, but I also knew that I already was one.

My goal in life is to be happy with my every day. Making art makes me happy. When it blossoms into a lucrative career, then my dreams will have come true.

Please tell us about your art.
I create photo-realistic oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and also acrylic paintings.

People and life inspire me.

People are always the focus of my art. I love drawing faces with an interesting and unusual crop. I don’t think of my style of art as “portraiture,” Id like it be more than that. My intention is to get the viewer thinking and evoke some sort of emotion.

There is always an initial intention or something that inspires me to do a piece, but I am more interested in what happens when people see it.

Once you put art out in the world, it belongs to everyone. Viewers relate to pieces in their own way and create their own story and meaning, and I think that is one of the coolest parts about creating.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think it’s easier nowadays for artists to show their work because of the internet and social media. But it’s still very important to get out in the world and show art to people in person and connect with people in real life.

I think San Diego has a great art scene that is constantly growing.

We could always use more public art projects. Beautifying neighborhoods with art is always beneficial for small businesses and making our city even more unique.

I also believe there should be more options for affordable studio space and art co-ops. I actually would like to get involved with making this happen.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My art can be found on my website,, Instagram @ckartistree, and Facebook,

I have been showing around San Diego in group art exhibits hosted by Optimus Volts, Hanalei Artworks, Midnight Cult Art, and La Bodega Gallery. I am also doing pop up events to showcase my work and sell fun merch items and prints.

The shows with Optimus Volts are at Bar Basic in downtown San Diego; we have an art show one Tuesday a month. The next show is on May 14th from 7 – 11 pm.

I am participating in the Celestial Exhibition with Hanalei Artworks. The exhibition opening night was on on April 3rd at Mike Hess Brewery in North Park and will be up for 30 days. The ConservArt Show with Hanalei starts on May 1st at the same location and will also be up for 30 days.

I will have work shown at La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan for the Pin-Up Art Show May 11th from 5-10pm. I believe this show will be up for two weeks.

The Midnight Cult Club is having a fun 90’s Movies vs. 80’s Movies Art Show from May 17th -18th, 6 pm – 11 pm. I will have one piece in this show.

My first solo exhibition will be held at Mike Hess Brewing on August 2nd in Ocean Beach! Hanalei Artworks is curating this event, and I am absolutely filled with gratitude and excitement!

I am renting an art studio in City Heights, but unfortunately, it is not open to the public. I can have visitors there if anyone is interested in touring my space, but I will need a little notice ahead of time. Feel free to text, call or email if you are interested.

I am hoping to get more involved with more groups of artists and community art; I would love to do murals around town and show my art with as many people as possible. I have met so many amazing artists and talented people here; it’s very inspiring, and I plan on doing very big things!

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Image Credit:
Kristopher Koch
Cameo K.
Amy Neu

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