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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kolbie Bartholomew

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kolbie Bartholomew.

Hi Kolbie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
For over 20 years, I maintained a stable job climbing the corporate ladder to support my family and personal growth. Working hard paycheck to faithful paycheck, I was supporting my present but not creating the future I wanted. So in January, I finally resigned from the safety of my position to pursue my artistic career full time.

I grew up at the foot of Mount Timpanogos, the seventh of eight siblings in my big Orem family with dreams as small as my town was. Through every joy and sorrow, I watch the way it changes and yet always stays the same. Like we all do as we grow through the seasons of life.

I’ve taken pictures since it was a tiny pinhole in an oatmeal canister, the smell of chemicals under a red light. Creating art through photography taught me the lessons that transformed my life. One picture at a time, I used art as a tool to understand and express what I was going through.

And I kept growing. My chemicals became a computer program. My camera now flies above me. I started an official business for my art practice and worked part-time for many years toward creating the future I envisioned.

I started small, worked hard, and grew slowly. But now, I’m creating full-time. Beautiful and inspiring wall art prints are available online through my Etsy shop and self-designed website. I’m creating content that helps local brands connect with their customers. As one of Utah’s first female licensed drone pilots, I’m sharing stories from fresh perspectives that amplify growth and define direction.

Photography is more than an art, more than an imaginative expression of the soul, appreciated for its beauty and emotional power. It is also a tool for transformation. One, I use to transform my own life and inspire others to do the same. Through sharing my passion and my stories, I create possibilities for others.

Not to be a photographer like me, but to look for the light in their own lives, for what inspires them. To create the futures they envision.

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?
My path toward becoming an artist has many obstacles. The greatest is facing my fear of failure over and over again. Financial insecurity also causes anxiety and slow growth. And being a mother makes the road longer too.

The subjective nature of art brings disappointment in waves, and ego blows want me to stop creating. Life would be simpler if my dreams were smaller. Another path might be smoother, but it wouldn’t have views as grand. So I keep growing, creating and facing my fears instead of treading the easy road.

It’s also been hard to keep going when I’m living paycheck to paycheck. My family comes first no matter what. So instead of jumping right in, I started part-time and got my business flowing before making the decision to leave the security of my day job.

Besides the day-to-day emotional and financial struggles of an artist’s life, being a mother has complicated the process. Young children are not always helpful for photography work. My kids have inspired many adventures, but hangry, tired meltdowns are real and school is always in session.

Putting my family first has slowed my progress, but it’s not a deal-breaker. They are my inspiration. My children are growing, as am I, and this obstacle will be overcome like all the others… one day at a time.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have two creative businesses. Through Rogue Aurora Photography, I offer inspiring nature and landscape wall art prints at my 5-star Etsy shop and website. I specialize in large panoramic prints of the front side of Mount Timpanogos, which is my home and greatest muse.

Through Natural Brand Photography, I create websites and social media content for growing brands. My creative talents and marketing experience help local companies tell their stories and showcase their services.

Summa cum laude graduate from the English & Literature program at UVU, I studied storytelling for many years. Already a published poet, I served as Editor in Chief of the student literature and art magazine. My elective courses focused on philosophy and creative arts like photography, passions I continued to pursue long after graduation.

A dedicated lifelong learner, I’ve studied many photo editing and design programs, built my own website, and earned a drone pilot license. After working for 20 years in the advertising and publishing industry, I’ve learned many business and marketing skills. Currently, I’m improving my pilot skills and studying videography and video editing to serve my customers better.

I love creating beautiful art that inspires possibilities and helps people grow. This spring I’m releasing the Seasons of Timpanogos Collection. Images created during this commission will appear in the upcoming logo design of the local company that commissioned the project.

I am also working on a private commission to creatively document a nostalgic property in my hometown.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
As a lifelong resident of Orem, I love many things about my hometown. My neighborhood is full of warm and welcoming people who look out for each other regardless of race or religion.

With clean and beautiful open spaces and lots of cute dogs, Orem is a wonderful place to live and raise my own family. Deeply attached to the landscape, I enjoy living close to the mountains, and seeing them every day.

I am always excited for my next big adventure around the globe, but it doesn’t compare to the joy of coming home.

Pricing:

  • Paper prints start at $39
  • Canvas & metal prints start at $91
  • Free domestic shipping.
  • Custom orders welcome.

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Image Credits
Rogue Aurora Photography

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