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(Image: Candice Gartzke)

Artist of the Week: Candice Gartzke

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Candice Gartzke: I have been making art since my mom put a crayon in my hand when I was a baby. When I went to Skyline High School, there was a creative writing class that had children's storybooks as an assignment, and I got over 100 percent on it. From there, I knew children's storybook writing was for me and something I wanted to pursue in life. For my children's fairytale book illustrations, I make them in watercolor, ink, and gouache.