Devon Schafrath and I met accidentally at The Amazing Cat Show while I was standing in line to purchase 3 photographs that were on display (to benefit Cat Colony‘s catch and release feral cat program). She happened to see what I was buying and told me that I was buying HER works!! Obviously, I loved her work so why not do an interview???
She is relatively new at creating/selling art for profit but has had an Etsy.com shop since 2010/11 called ‘fingertails’. She sold a photo through her shop once but didn’t keep up with it. However, she does plan to start it up again this year so check it out later!!! She does frequently update her Facebook photography page (https://www.facebook.com/DevonSchafrathPhotography/?fref=ts)
I have always been drawn to art whether I was making it or viewing others’ work.
As a child she admired her father’s clay sculptures and sketches. Her mother loved documenting life around the house with her video camera. As a child, she enjoyed acting and directing plays at home and her grandma has several photo books of her children, relatives, and life around the farm. Because of all of these experiences, capturing passing moments and preserving memories has always interested her.
Raised in rural north east Ohio, a few miles outside of Wooster, she chose to pursue her dreams of travel after high school. A few days after she turned 18, she flew across the United States to Portland, Oregon. During the next four years, she lived and traveled through several states including Wyoming, Arizona, and Louisiana. She was continually inspired by the intense beauty of the Tetons, the rich contrast in colors of the desert, and the raw, creative, and historic culture of New Orleans.
Because her work is quite diverse in nature, she doesn’t have a specific way to categorize her art as a whole, saying finding a few words to describe it all is difficult. She does say that the beauty in light and darkness inspires her.
Over the last few years, she has done freelance photography for a wedding, anniversary photo shoot, and senior photos and just recently sold three framed photographs at The Amazing Cat Show at 400 West (wonder who bought those????). She definitely is interested in getting involved in more events and wants to make a point to exposing herself to new experiences, different cultures, and unique opportunities.
Although photography is her main outlet, she also enjoys painting, making jewelry (I’m a beginner), creating collages, collecting flowers and preserving them in mason jars, and writing letters.
Currently, she works as a supervisor at Katzinger’s Delicatessen and a part-time nanny. At this point in her life, she has not attended college due to the fact that she’s not certain what major would interest her and she has no interest in accruing debt until she does…smart girl! Some day she hopes to do this but for now she wants to start delving into the art scene here and town and see where that takes her!
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