Kat Drennen Rogers of Portraits, Inc.
For as long as she can remember, art has always caught the eye of Kat Drennen Rogers. As a close family friend of Beverly McNeil, of Beverly McNeil Gallery, Kat was fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful art from a young age. After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Kat went on to study Art History at Hollins College under the most impactful professors. Kat began her career in Portraits working closely with our very own, Ann Richards of The Well Collected Guide Atlanta. Upon moving home to Birmingham, Kat pursued a position at the Portrait’s Inc. Gallery and gained invaluable experience working closely with portraits artists, developing a deep understanding of the portrait process, as well as the expansive catalog of Portrait’s Inc. offerings. Kat became a Portrait’s Inc. sales rep in 2012 and has had the pleasure of helping countless families across Birmingham capture treasured memories through portraiture. Kat resides in Birmingham with her husband and four children.
In Her Words...read on to get to know Kat!
What do you love most about the portrait business?
Commissioning a portrait can be an overwhelming experience, and I love helping my clients sort through the many choices until every detail is narrowed down to the perfect fit. This process is like a fun game to me, and it is so important to me that the client has fun with the process as well!
Dream portrait project?
I would love to have the opportunity to work on a large conversation piece that captures an entire family, perhaps in action.
What portraits do you have in your home? Where have you hung them and what do you love most about them?
I have portraits of my four children throughout the main floor of our home. I have an unfinished portrait of one of my daughters by an artist named Rob Beckett hanging in our dining room. Rob sadly passed away while working on the portrait, and I find its unfinished characteristics so interesting. It is one of my favorites!
I recently commissioned portraits of my sister and myself for my mother’s home. It is said that a woman is at her peek in her 40s, so here we are! It has been interesting to see the more sophisticated, elegant composition come together. These portraits will hang in the main foyer up the staircase at her home.
I look at each of these portraits as a snapshot and remember that wonderful time in our lives with so much love. I hope to create this same experience for my clients.
What are the three most important factors to consider when choosing an artist to create a portrait?
- Portfolio- I always make sure that my clients love a majority of an artist’s work and style.
- Communication – Communication and being comfortable communicating with an artist is so important. Commissioning a portrait is a collaborative process.
- Price Point – Size and medium factor into the price of a portrait, and artists work differently. I help my clients understand these factors and make decisions that work within their budget.