2. What are some of your favorite subjects to paint?
I love to paint my daughters and my pets.
3. How did you get started with art and painting?
"I used to draw trees with my dad who had his drafting table in our house where he designed homes to build. My mom would buy me picture books (Serendipity were my favorites) that I would draw from and I never stopped. My grandmother on my mom's side was also a painter. I never saw her paint, but would find her roses that she painted on rounds of wood and I loved the smell of the oil paint she used."
4. Is there anything you wish people asked you about your work?
Not really. What I wish everyone knew is that I feel so blessed to have the life of a loving, supportive family and the opportunity to paint as much as I do.
5. What's one of your biggest achievements in art so far?
To have anyone want to spend their hard-earned money on something I painted.
6. As an artist, what are some of your goals big and small?
I want to be a respected, serious portrait artist with a recognizable style. someday.
7. What is something you never expected to happen since you started art or painting?
"I never get bored. The perpetual novelty of paint is a gift from God to me."
8. When you start a new painting, what is your typical approach? Do you sketch first, do you have many references, or do you try to work towards one big final image in mind.
"I always use photo references. I make a plan of action then with a watery wash I block in the dark areas and walk away. I come back when the wash is dry. That is when I start to get excited about which parts will stay and which I will change. I can lose hours at a time doing this. I typically work in middle tones, then the darks and then finish with the lights."
9. What's something people always ask you about your work that you find surprising?
"Everyone wants to know how long it takes to paint a painting. Why do they ask? If I'm faster is that better? Do they think I spend too much time painting? I don't get it."
10. What's the most interesting thing you've ever done in your art career?
When my kids were small and I was at home, I decided that if I was going to be a serious artist, I should start by always saying yes when someone asked me to paint something. As a result I have painted hundreds of fake pumpkins, activity trays, bird houses, pet portraits and on and on. I am so glad I did. It made me get over the stifling idea that my paintings were so precious because I had worked so hard. I prefer the thinking of the sooner I share this painting, the sooner I can paint another.
Thanks, and you can pick and choose whichever questions are easiest, skip any if you get stuck. And again no hurry! I won't be able to do anything until after October 15th anyway.
Kathy got started painting when she was young. Her father was a draftsman who designed houses, and he often let Kathy draw trees with him right at his drafting table!
Her mother also supported her creativity, buying her picture books --Serendipity were her absolute favorites-- and she made drawing after drawing from them growing up.
Her grandmother was a painter, but unfortunately Kathy never got to see her at work. Still, her grandmother's artwork, mostly roses on wood rounds, inspired the budding artist in her. She would find these pieces from her grandmother and be entranced by the lingering smell of oil paint.
Kathy started her own art career in the midst of having a family. In the beginning, when her kids were small, she took on many commissions painting fake pumpkins, activity trays, bird houses, and pet portraits. Now that her kids are older, she finds free time to be slimmer, but her versatility as a painter has only grown.
"I feel so blessed to have a life of a loving, supportive family and the opportunity to paint as much as I do. I never get bored. The perpetual novelty of paint is a gift from God to me."
As for her process, Kathy always begins with photo references. "I make a plan of action, then with a watery wash, I block in the dark areas and walk away. I come back when the wash is dry. That is when I start to get excited about which parts will stay and which I will change. I can lose hours at a time doing this."
Kathy lives in Newton with her husband, Pete, her three kids and her mother. She has a BFA from Pittsburg State University