Kaysha Siemens is creating Mnemosyne, a series of paintings about Greek mythology
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Hi everyone!  You've probably seen me around here and there at conventions and online for a number of years.  Some of you have maybe bought prints, or originals, or commissioned me before; some of you may be personal friends, and some of you may have randomly happened upon my Patreon by accident.  No matter how you got here, welcome!

2017:

For the past decade and more, I've been making my living traveling to fan conventions and other shows, and selling prints of my artwork.  Over the past couple years, I've been adding more and more personal work (and physical originals) to the mix, have gotten back into oil painting, and branched out to new audiences like DragonCon and Illuxcon.  I've been surprised, humbled and honored by the positive response this direction has received, even as I've stepped into the uncertain waters of losing some of my original audience as my work grows and changes.  Art is risk!

My ultimate goal is to travel less (I currently do between 15 and 20 shows a year, and it's getting rough on my health), paint more, show my work in mainstream galleries, and connect more with my audience and collectors.  It's a tough battle, but I have faith it will be a rewarding one.

My patreon is a simple place at the moment: you won't find multiple reward tiers or commitments I may fail to keep, but instead, think of this as a monthly tip jar, a small way of saying you're a fan, and sponsoring my tea habit. ;)  I hope VERY much for this to change in the future, but right now my workload and travel schedule are such that promising more would be irresponsible, and letting my supporters down is the last thing I want to do!  So if you like what I do and just want to support me, throw some change (or more) my way, the amount is completely up to you.  I am truly, truly grateful for every little bit, more than I can possibly say!

Update: November 2018
What is Mnemosyne?

Mnemosyne is the title of an ongoing personal project inspired by Greek mythology.

As my work has matured, I've become aware of a need for focus. I have many loves and many abilities, and I genuinely love to create art about many things and in many different modes. But as time has passed, this seeming-versatility has become more of a hindrance than a help. So I asked myself: if I could focus on just one set of subject matter, what would it be? What love could I remporarily lay aside other loves to pursue? And as I thought on it, I remembered an old childhood fondness, a set of figures and symbols and stories that have shown up in my work a number of times over the years, but which I have never before given the fullness of my heart: Greek mythology. The more I thought about it and researched, the more perfect I realized it was: a mythos spanning all the possibilities from the grotesque to the sublime could be plumbed for inspiration near-endlessly. Rather than feeling in any way like a limitation, it instead sparked idea after idea, as I rediscovered things I have loved all along, and near-forgotten.

It is this journey of remembering, of re-realizing a love that has been with me all along, that gives the project its name: Mnemosyne.

Mnemosyne is the goddess of memory - not of recorded memory, not of written histories, but of oral tradition, of memory passed from person to person, mediated-upon and cherished. Poets and bards in ancient days would call upon her before recitation, invoking her favor to keep their words true. All too fittingly, she is also the mother of the Muses, and thus by extension, the mother of inspiration.
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1 tier for all, whatever amount you want. <3
$1 or more per month 4 patrons

Hi everyone!  You've probably seen me around here and there at conventions and online for a number of years.  Some of you have maybe bought prints, or originals, or commissioned me before; some of you may be personal friends, and some of you may have randomly happened upon my Patreon by accident.  No matter how you got here, welcome!

2017:

For the past decade and more, I've been making my living traveling to fan conventions and other shows, and selling prints of my artwork.  Over the past couple years, I've been adding more and more personal work (and physical originals) to the mix, have gotten back into oil painting, and branched out to new audiences like DragonCon and Illuxcon.  I've been surprised, humbled and honored by the positive response this direction has received, even as I've stepped into the uncertain waters of losing some of my original audience as my work grows and changes.  Art is risk!

My ultimate goal is to travel less (I currently do between 15 and 20 shows a year, and it's getting rough on my health), paint more, show my work in mainstream galleries, and connect more with my audience and collectors.  It's a tough battle, but I have faith it will be a rewarding one.

My patreon is a simple place at the moment: you won't find multiple reward tiers or commitments I may fail to keep, but instead, think of this as a monthly tip jar, a small way of saying you're a fan, and sponsoring my tea habit. ;)  I hope VERY much for this to change in the future, but right now my workload and travel schedule are such that promising more would be irresponsible, and letting my supporters down is the last thing I want to do!  So if you like what I do and just want to support me, throw some change (or more) my way, the amount is completely up to you.  I am truly, truly grateful for every little bit, more than I can possibly say!

Update: November 2018
What is Mnemosyne?

Mnemosyne is the title of an ongoing personal project inspired by Greek mythology.

As my work has matured, I've become aware of a need for focus. I have many loves and many abilities, and I genuinely love to create art about many things and in many different modes. But as time has passed, this seeming-versatility has become more of a hindrance than a help. So I asked myself: if I could focus on just one set of subject matter, what would it be? What love could I remporarily lay aside other loves to pursue? And as I thought on it, I remembered an old childhood fondness, a set of figures and symbols and stories that have shown up in my work a number of times over the years, but which I have never before given the fullness of my heart: Greek mythology. The more I thought about it and researched, the more perfect I realized it was: a mythos spanning all the possibilities from the grotesque to the sublime could be plumbed for inspiration near-endlessly. Rather than feeling in any way like a limitation, it instead sparked idea after idea, as I rediscovered things I have loved all along, and near-forgotten.

It is this journey of remembering, of re-realizing a love that has been with me all along, that gives the project its name: Mnemosyne.

Mnemosyne is the goddess of memory - not of recorded memory, not of written histories, but of oral tradition, of memory passed from person to person, mediated-upon and cherished. Poets and bards in ancient days would call upon her before recitation, invoking her favor to keep their words true. All too fittingly, she is also the mother of the Muses, and thus by extension, the mother of inspiration.

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1 tier for all, whatever amount you want. <3
$1 or more per month 4 patrons