Hi! I’m Kat — AN artist, artpreneur, rosé kombucha fanatic, vintage Victorian teacup collector and dog mama to my baby Pomeranian, Kolibri. I'm passionate about inspiring artists to fulfill their potential and create the lives that light them up. 

Who’s the                  
handing out all these crowns?

artpreneur

I believe my journey has taught me to help others step out of survival mode and into thriving.
Coaching rising artists to expand their biz
+ create abundance & community

Ekaterina Popova

I grew up in Vladimir, Russia, but when I was 12, my mom and I packed our bags, sold our tiny apartment, and moved across the ocean. With not much to our name, I learned to face challenges, financial hardship, and the lack of belonging that comes with being an immigrant.

At a young age, I had to face fears, struggles, and uncertainty. I was painfully shy and embarrassed about my "Harry Potter" glasses and hand-me-down clothes. But one thing that kept me going was my art and a faith in something beyond me.

FOUNDER OF ART QUEENS

call me Kat

BEING AN ARTIST AND CREATOR SAVED ME.

It helped me process painful moments, sadness, and fear...but creation goes way beyond the canvas. I believe each of us has been given the power to fulfill our dreams and create lasting change in our lives.

It wasn't easy for me to get here. I was always the shyest kid. I would get nervous about raising my hand in class, and if you told me ten years ago that I would have an art career I'm in love with and a creative business, I would laugh and probably spit out my rosé kombucha!

My Story
My, times have changed!
Change is a beautiful thing, my friend.

Choosing YOURSELF

In 2011, in debt with no job prospects after graduating from art school, I found myself crying every day. I was rejected from every job and exhibition I applied to and ended up serving pancakes for a living. I thought I failed. Deep down, I knew I was meant for a bigger life, but on the outside, my life was a hot mess. After several years of struggle, odd jobs, painting on the floor of our studio apartment, I had a lightbulb moment.

One day, I got the idea to start my first magazine, FreshPaintMagazine.

I didn't know it at the time, but this was when everything changed—the moment I chose myself.

"AWAKENING" - Ekaterina Popova

The day I chose to create something without proper experience, credentials or skills was the day I changed my life. Even though it would take years for the changes to manifest and allow me to become my boss, I discovered how powerful we really are. I stopped getting upset about rejection letters and started to delight in the realization that I can create anything in my life.

My artwork began to improve, and I found my voice. Additionally, my business started to grow, but most importantly, I started to gain the confidence to use my voice and connect with other like-minded creatives.

Creating My Dream Life

IN THE STUDIO

HEALING THROUGH ART

MY FUR SON KOLIBRI

My Purpose

IF YOU READ UP TO THIS POINT, YOU PROBABLY THINK, GREAT YOU DID IT, CONGRATS!
THE STORY DOES NOT END THERE.
IT TURNS OUT MATERIAL AND CAREER SUCCESS IS NOT ENOUGH.

MY NEW PURPOSE

Through incredible support, healing, and a journey of sobriety, I can stand here today and serve this beautiful community of creatives to be a witness that change is possible, no matter how dark your life is at this moment. Healing, abundance, relief, and confidence in your unique journey are what I want you to experience in this lifetime. Because I got the support I needed, I want to offer it to you.

Now my purpose is serving a community of artists through my podcast, magazine, Art Queens membership, and coaching. I believe I was put here on this planet to be an example of what's possible, even if you come from humble beginnings like me.

I can't wait to witness your incredible transformation and celebrate with you. If there's one thing I can leave you with before we get started, it's this: You are worthy of your dreams; you are worthy of being loved and feeling good every day you wake up and walk into your studio or stand in front of a crowd sharing your unique gifts. Choose a bigger life so that as we heal, we can make an impact beyond the canvas together and help others do the same.

With Love and Light,
Ekaterina 

Years after manifesting some exciting dreams like my dream studio, car and income, I was struggling with addiction, trauma wounds and a deep sadness that I couldn't seem to understand.

It took time for me to realize that our whole life is a canvas, and we must nurture every part of our being as artists, not just the studio practice.

2020

Started Art
Queens coaching

2013

Started my firt biz

2001

Moved to america

1988

YEar I was born

Timeline

The

Here is what I've been up to
in the studio and beyond!

By Kat

CREATIONS
The Create! Podcast

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The Complete Smartist Guide Book

Essential business and career tips for emerging artists on how to sell more art.

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The Create! Magazine

Create! Magazine is a publication for artists, makers, and artpreneurs.

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6. Biggest fear

Luxury Candles 

5. Guilty pleasure

Travel Blogger

4. Next life profession

Sparkling

3. Still or sparkling

Italy

2. Vacation of choice

Borsht

1. Favorite food

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