My background features traditional formal art training and a long career as a graphic designer, receiving over 80 national and international awards with my team, and myself personally for design, painting writing and photography. I have been drawing and painting for over 30 years but have only recently showcased my work more broadly. My art is a deep secret that only my closest family and friends had shared with me. Now into my second major life journey, I have circled back to my most true calling, that of an artist. I am blessed and overjoyed to have this opportunity to breathe into this place that gives me so much joy and hope.
My work is an exploration of relationships. My relationship with my community, my family, my husband, children, friends, politics and more. Much of the work is driven from going through a hardship and then finding my way through it, to a better, more hopeful place. Sometimes the piece is me trying to be heard, to have a voice, when I have been shut down or silenced—especially in a political sense. As an American I have a huge frustration with our political outcomes especially in 2017.
I work within a symbolic language that tells stories of the journey of these relationships. Once the the symbolism is unveiled, you can more fully interpret the story. I hope that the viewer finds their way to a better place by exploring my art—maybe they feel more hopeful and less lost as they work through it. I am excited to have created something that feels uniquely me—mixing my love for art, surrealism and graphic design career together. The technique forces the ink lines to flow like a topography map and never cross over. I am continuing to evolve and push this technique further than I thought I could. I hope to explore color. In my early art years, my colors were bold and vibrant but through my journey I lost that desire. I imagine color will emerge when I feel more healed.
My favorite quote about my work “…It’s like Katherine peels back the skin of the forms to reveal the muscles and it’s oddly beautiful—” It perfectly says how I feel: exposed and raw but a beautiful spirit that will always rise.