Hello! I am a travel, nature and science artist and illustrator and I am the owner of Visual Distractions.
If you just got here, welcome! And if you’ve been here before, welcome back!
I just wanted to introduce myself and show you the face behind this small business.
My name is Kate Stopa. I am a travel, nature and science artist and illustrator based in the Uk. Currently I live in a lovely town in the Chiltern Hills, 2 minutes away from the woods but I grew up in Spain in a small town in the north of Madrid, surrounded by mountains, woods and a beautiful lake.
As a result, one of my main sources of inspiration is nature. Access to nature has always been important to me and it has made me the person that I am today. I love hiking and being in the Great Outdoors, but I also love animals, science and learning. I love going to museums and watching nature and science documentaries. You can see my nerdy side leaking into some of my designs in Visual Distractions!
The second source of inspiration for me is travel. I absolutely love travelling. I feel very lucky because I get to travel quite a lot every year, mostly around Europe (I have family in Poland, Germany and Spain! And I travel a lot to see them and then around their countries with them) but I have also had a chance to travel further afield in the last few years including places like Japan, Iceland and America. Bringing with me tonnes of photographs and inspiration!
I have been Illustrator and artist specialised in travel and nature art for quite some time but I opened my shop to the world about a year ago and it has been a very exciting experience so far. I am hoping to share my upcoming journey with you all from now on!
Well, this is me! Have a look around and hope to see you back soon!