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TOTAL Art Licensing
press that syndicated across the web in the
1990s.
For six years while building her writing career
Ketra had a day job as a legal secretary and pa-
ralegal in the field of criminal defense. She saw a
number of death penalty cases at trial and appel-
late levels and regularly talked to the defendants
and their families. For years after she left the
practice Ketra received holiday cards from the
staff at the federal prison in Leavenworth, KS,
having talked to them so regularly while in the
lawyers’ employ.
As a freelance writer in San Francisco in the
late 1990s Ketra wrote for a dozen dot coms.
When the dot-conomy collapsed she was again
hour StairMaster then sleeping in a tent with
“Each time I revisit a canvas, I see something dif- “on trend” with the optimistic unemployment
insufficient oxygen. “My mountain climbing days
ferent and totally new – something more that I zeitgeist.
are behind me!” comments Ketra.
didn’t see before. His images bring me back to a She appears in the feature film That Darned
She has also performed as a
time of wonder, to when life was better.” Punk, where she is on screen
“I stay enthused by my de-
stand-up comic after she lost
Art and his wife, author Gail Fraser, and their blue and naked. The same music
sire to help as many artists
her vision but before begin-
beloved property, Lazy Goose Farm in rural up- video producer friend who put
as possible enjoy the dignity
ning to paint. She did open mic
state New York, have been featured in several her in the Flaming Lips video
of earning a living through
at the Bay Area comedy clubs
national magazines and on PBS. “We’re both cap- threw together a portrait from
their work...”
and would begin her sets with:
tivated by country living and the charm of small an old photo – with the color
“Wow! What a great looking au-
town America,” Art says. “So, in my artwork, I try palette being entirely his vision.
dience!”
to reflect that admiration and have my canvases Ketra once lived in Brazil as an English-as-a-
She launched Art of Possibility Studios last year
become a reprieve from hectic lifestyles by of- second-language teacher in Sao Paulo, and notes
and comments: ”I stay enthused by my desire
fering an escape to a time and place where life especially enjoying the coffee, shoes, handbags
to help as many disabled artists as possible en-
is more peaceful.” and men.
joy the dignity of earning a living through their
Art is represented by Painted Planet Licensing Group. A challenge she set herself was to climb Mt.
work.”
You can contact them by phone, 507 835 8009, or Kilimanjaro – and succeeded. She does however
Ketra can be contacted on 408 423 8220 and
e-mail jan@paintedplanetlicensing.com. describe this experience as a vacation on a 12-
you can see her work at www.aopstudios.com.
The visually impaired sex
columnist
KETRA OBERLANDER
Ketra Oberlander launched the art brand Art of
Possibility Studios, which exclusively represents
physically disabled artists in a for-profit business
model.
Despite having lost
her sight some
years ago, Ketra has
lived an extraordi-
nary life, before and
after experiencing
vision problems.
In 1992 the Flaming
Lips’ label, Warner
Bros., commis-
sioned a music vid-
eo, but with not enough time or budget friends
were enlisted to help and Ketra danced in high
heels in a leopard bikini.
As urban bon vivant Kiki Dakota, Ketra penned
a popular sex/humor column (sort of Erma
Bombeck meets bar babe) for the alternative
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