Katy has been able to resurrect her life-long interest in painting and photography now that her main responsibilities of career and child-rearing have come to fruition. Her self-guided art education has begun with demos, workshops, reading and constant practice. She has attended workshops held by Richard McKinley, Kim Lordier, Barbara Jaenicke, Liz Hayward Sullivan and Clark Mitchell in Pastels and Justin Woods, Carlos Russo, Devin Cecil-Wishing and Noah Buchanan in Oils. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the California Art Club.
Katy’s goal when painting landscapes is to capture the emotion felt when looking at a scene, to illustrate its essence, atmosphere and mystery. When painting with pastel, the color is held in your fingertips so you have the utmost control of expression to capture the spirit of a place. This intimate medium is an allegory for her relationship with the landscape she is attempting to recreate.
For still-life and floral paintings, Katy tries to evoke serenity and simplicity in her imagery by capturing the human shape of a pear, the complex refractions of glass or the slivers of light reflected from a silver bowl. “The spiritual value of an ordinary scene can be powerful. Our lives are revealed by these moments. I seek them when I paint.”
Katy is invigorated by the journey that she has begun and recognized that there is much time and practice ahead of her.