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Pride + Cannabis: June Artist Series

When she’s not greeting campers at the Steamboat KOA you’ll find Kaytee Hoffman creating art in various mediums. That’s right, Kaytee was the selected winning artist of the June Artist Series competition made possible by our friends at Wana. When you ask her about the passion for art she has, her answer is simple. I just try to “make the world a bit more colorful, one piece of art at a time.” For winning our June competition, Kaytee walks away with $400 cash and a load of goodies from Wana.

The theme for our June competition was “Pride” with the hopes of seeing some inspired submissions. We were on the hunt for pieces blending the themes of love, inclusivity, and openness, sprinkled with a cannabis undertone, of course. Needless to say that Kaytee nailed it on every level. Her winning piece will be featured on wearables handed out for free at Billo beginning June 1st. June has become known for being Pride Month and a celebration that the Wana Brand supports at every level.

Having had the chance to catch up with Kaytee after being selected our June winner, here is what she had to say.

Q: Did you have an immediate vision for what you wanted to create or did it take some time to get started?

A: This design came to me pretty quickly after discussing it with my fiance. We were having dinner when I brought it up and I started having some epiphany moments with this particular theme. I incorporated the cowboy hat alongside a knit beanie which to me really signifies Steamboat. We’ve got both a ranching heritage and incredible skiing. Between the couple in this piece they are holding a cannabis leaf. It’s like they’re holding a rose for love but in this case it’s a different kind of flower. So yes, this theme became pretty clear to me from the start.

Q: What inspired you about this month’s theme that got you to submit your piece?

A: I’ve always been a really big supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I have a lot of friends who identify that way, and the culture of that community is so genuine. People have gone through so much with how they identify and I believe we should just let people be who they are. The idea that love is never wrong really resonates with me. The struggles behind loving somebody can sometimes be overwhelming. We might all wear different hats but we all still want to love and be loved by other people.

Q: How long did this piece take you to create? What were the biggest challenges you faced?

A: This one took maybe 10 hours or so when you include all the fine tuning and such. For this one, I used Procreate on my iPad. The tool allowed me to draw the design directly on the iPad. But what’s cool about it is that it captures the art digitally and even feels the pressure of the Apple pen. So it’s as close to sketching on paper that I’ve found so far. I’m pretty new at digital art but I’ve been playing around with it and figuring it out. When my fiance and I decided to live full-time in our camper, I had to become selective about how much I could store with us. The iPad has become a very handy, portable, and small way to draw. The trickiest part is making sure it’s charged, ha.

Q: What are you most proud of when it comes to being an artist?

A: I guess it’s how I’m just always encouraging others to be creative. Everyone of us is an artist in our way when you think about it. It just takes practice. But in the end, you really can’t look at something you created and say it is “wrong.” Everyone has their own expression when it comes to art. People just need to let their creativity loose and share it with people. So when I can, I try to encourage people to create and wear that artist hat.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the culture of arts in the Steamboat Community? Do you find camaraderie among other creatives here?

A: Every artist I’ve met in town seems to be super-supportive of each other. It can be funny too since we follow each other on Instagram but have never met in person. Then you meet them at some point the social media aspect becomes a real connection. And when I meet fellow creatives at the Farmer’s Market they are always so supportive. I think that speaks to the small town atmosphere of arts here. I also love how Steamboat is putting up more and more murals around town. It’s really helping make downtown more colorful.


So there you have it. Kaytee Hoffman, just another member of Steamboat’s creative subculture. Join us on June 1st when we give away Kaytee’s artwork printed on various tanks and tshirts. A big thanks going out to Wana Brands and their incredible line of gummies. Quality edibles like theirs can surely inspire the inner-artist in all of us.

Check out more of Kaytee’s work at or follow on Instagram at @ktizzle_art

Runner Up submission from artist Doran Walton

Doran teaches yoga and is currently learning Pilates. But in her free time, she’s often creating some wonderful art. “Art is something I’ve done my whole life” she said when asked about where her passion comes from. In high school, Doran took AP art classes and was a member of the Honor Society of Art. Having later spent time in southern California, Doran gained an appreciation for how open and welcoming the LGTBQ+ community can be and it really showed up in her submission for our June “Pride” theme competition. Doran enjoys calligraphy and she wanted to include that along with the “Love is Love” mantra in her piece. She also made a point to depict just about every type of individual in her work by race, gender, and ethnicity. Her embrace of this month’s theme really showed, and her submission was near the top of our consideration.

Runner Up submission from artist Kirsten Delaney

Kirsten admittedly claims to have grown up “on tour” in the musical world. Her dad is a talented musician and would take her to see Grateful Dead shows and other notable acts as a kid. You might now find her managing the lights and visuals at local venues like Schmiggity’s, using the experience she gained at venues such as the Fox Theater in Boulder and Cervantes of Denver. Having graduated from Steamboat Spring High School, Kirsten went on to pursue a passion for graphic design. The Pride theme “is in itself, inspiring to me” she says when describing her submission. “I fully support people’s self-expression and being themselves.” Kirsten’s piece took a full day to complete and was a bit challenging because of the competition’s color restrictions. “My normal art is super-colorful, so this piece was difficult to keep within just four colors.”

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