"For me, art is like breathing. It's a necessity. Some people enjoy art for its inherent statement. I truly enjoy the process of creating that statement." It is this love for her craft that drives Katherine to paint.
Katherine spent the majority of her childhood and teenage years in Vermont. Here with her fathers encouragement, she discovered her love for art. She made efforts to uncover and investigate the extensive variety of expressive mediums that the world of art offered.
After moving to North Carolina at the age of 15, she began to focus on oils. Without formal education, she developed her skills by doing studies of a variety of landscapes. A concentration in portraiture soon followed. She found portraits to be more exciting and challenging, as well as more rewarding once a true likeness was achieved. A consistent and determined focus on faces and the human form laid the seeds for the most recent evolution of her art.
"Melty People" is a concentration spawned from years and years of youthful sketches contorting and manipulating the human body. Her experience in portrait art allowed her to understand the techniques necessary to create a likeness of the human form. She then translated these techniques to the aforementioned hard line sketches to create more detailed, sculptural subjects in oils. The goal, she states, is "to make them as realistic as possible, in spite of their impossible circumstances."
Katherine has found her artistic "voice" in the "Melty People". The convergence of developed technique and youthful fantasy has birthed something for which she is truly passionate.
The "Melty People" are an interpretation of the world in which we live. It is the visualization of the emotional and non-physical connection we have to each other - sometimes struggling, sometimes bonding, and other times completely unaware of the connection we share.