Local educator, entrepreneur starts business out of pandemic hobby – The Saratogian


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ALBANY, N.Y. — Local educator and entrepreneur Kathryn Grimmick has taken her pandemic hobby of painting to a new level by starting a business.

The Clifton Park native, who now lives in Albany, is becoming known as A Caffeinated Painter around the Capital Region and beyond.

Grimmick calls herself “an English teacher dabbling in acrylics,” explaining that she stumbled into art during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When school closed down in March I suddenly had all this extra time, and I just needed an outlet for it,” the Shenendehowa teacher said.

Last year, Grimmick started using that extra time at home to paint.

“As soon as I started painting, it became an obsession,” she said. “Now it’s almost every day I’m picking up a paintbrush as soon as I get home.”

Before long, her artwork was selling to friends, family and eventually online shoppers.

More recently, A Caffeinated Painter made its market debut when Grimmick decided to set up a booth at the Make It Up State marketplace in Troy.

Over the several months Grimmick has not only discovered her passion for painting, but she’s also come to love being part of the market scene.

A Caffeinated Painter’s first-ever vendor booth was at the Make It Up State marketplace indoors over the winter in Troy.

“It’s the nicest community,” she said. “I was really nervous, because I was brand new and I felt like I would stand out like a sore thumb, but everyone is so sweet and helpful.”

Now, A Caffeinated Painter is participating in the outdoor season of the Make It Up State marketplace, held on Sundays at Riverfront Park in downtown Troy.

“It’s a ton of fun,” she said. “Everyone’s really supportive and the turnout is getting better and better, which is realy cool too.”

Though her business has seen quick success, Grimmick has only been painting for less than a year. “Everything is still new,” she said, noting that she is still exploring her style.

In the work she’s painted so far, there’s a unifying element of nature – with pieces featuring subjects such as mountains, trees and animals – as well as bright colors.

She has an entire notebook filled with ideas for future paintings.

Grimmick also takes requests for custom work, including pet portraits and more.

She enjoys these types of projects. “It’s really fun creating something specifically for someone rather than just for myself,” she said. “It feels really good to do that for someone.”

On the business name, “Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love coffee, and how much I drink coffee,” Grimmick explained, sharing that she often makes a pot of coffee at night in order to stay up late and paint. “It just kind of makes sense with my two hobbies.”

Looking ahead, Grimmick’s goal is simply to keep painting and improving her work through experimenting with new techniques and refining her process. “It’s still so new, and I have so much more that I want to learn and I want to try.”

More information about A Caffeinated Painter is available online at www.facebook.com/acaffeinatedpainter and on Instagram @acaffeinatedpainter.

Online shoppers can browse and purchase Grimmick’s creations at www.etsy.com/shop/acaffeinatedpainter/.

A Caffeinated Painter will also be at the upcoming Make It Up State marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 at Riverfront Park in downtown Troy, along with additional dates throughout the season.

Grimmick can be contacted by emailing acaffeinatedpainter@gmail.com.