Kathryn Van Aernum, Artist and Creative Coach

“Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe  

Kathryn Van Aernum is passionately committed to helping people whose life and work have buried their creative soul. She helps them reclaim their inner artist and live a thriving life of passion and meaning.

If you are looking for a proven professional who can guide you to address self-sabotaging mindsets, release the burden of burnout and the nagging sense of unfulfilled desire, you’ve come to the right place. With 30 years working in the arts and arts-related fields, and overcoming the challenges of both skill and the inner-game work of claiming her right to a creative life, Kathryn’s mission, and commitment is to engage and liberate the creative spirit in others. After all, you can hold your creative spirit in for only so many years!

Her path as an artist became clear when her 5th-grade class went on a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. (Thanks, Mrs. Murphy!) Spellbound by the artistic magic housed in that museum, she knew then that art would play a major role in her life. However, she was never perceived as the talented kid in art class. In fact, her high school art teacher’s comment regarding her artistic skill in her senior class yearbook was anything but supportive. She went on to college as a theatre major – still in the creative arts – but eventually dropped out because she knew she was off course. Determined to find her true creative path, Kathryn became determined to teach herself everything she possibly could about art and design, as well as the creative process by learning to train and engage the right side of her brain.

She returned to school in her early 40’s, receiving a BA in Visual Art from Naropa University – the premier institution for contemplative education. The potent combination of a contemplative mindset and artistic practice that she learned there now informs everything she does.

What lights Kathryn up about this work is knowing that creativity is an inherent quality of our being human. When re-ignited, this all-too-often neglected part of ourselves can greatly improve our life satisfaction and shift it from mundane to magical. She is passionate about guiding clients to make this shift and experience greater fulfillment in their life.

Kathryn brings a bounty of experience to her coaching work. As a small business owner herself, she has guided corporations, small business owners and non-profits to award-winning visual branding solutions. That experience, along with her skills as an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer, mixed media artist, speaker, meditation guide, and student of life, is the raw material she brings to support her clients in their creative recovery.

You can feel confident in engaging Kathryn to guide you in unearthing your artistic soul. Clients have said some remarkable things about the impact she has had on their life.

“…I was thrilled to see that I could create something so beautiful. I felt so liberated and comfortable. It was truly the first time I relaxed and believed in myself artistically. It opened something in me that has added to the joy in my daily life. – KH 

“You zeroed right into where I was stuck. How did you do that?” –SF 

“Your calm presence makes it a joy to work with you.” – KM

Kathryn currently calls Columbia, South Carolina home. Her morning walks with her dog Noah are a constant source of creative inspiration. If she could be a superpower, it would be Gratitude, because it’s in gratitude that we experience our wholeness that is always available to us at any moment. She believes in dancing and singing like no one is watching. Through workshops, speaking and private coaching, she guides you to your creatively inspired life.

Your creative soul is calling you…NOW! If you are ready to find out what answering this call could mean for your life, I invite you to schedule your Reclaim Your Creative Soul breakthrough session.

In this confidential, 50-minute telephone conversation you will:

  • Create a sense of clarity about the creative life you really want to have
  • Discover the essential mindsets for having the artistic life of your dreams
  • Determine the #1 thing stopping you from having the creative life you crave
  • Identify the most powerful actions that will allow you to thrive creatively in the way you desire.
  • Complete the consultation with the excitement of knowing EXACTLY what to do next to resurrect the innate creativity that lives inside of you.

“Reclaim your Creative Soul" Breakthrough Session