Beauty is all round us. My art is a gesture of gratitude.
To paint outdoors, en plein air, means to gather up my ‘kit’ and head for the hills. Or the river. Or a friend’s farm. Outdoors, nature is the teacher. The land before me, the breeze, the chill, the morning songbird, become part of my painting. It can't be helped.
When a place draws me in, I make sketches, look for composition, light and shadow patterns. I take notes, scribble studies and most importantly take care to see, really see, what is before me. During the winter months these plein air sketches are reworked into larger more complex studio paintings. It is a challenge to render the image in an expanded form, working to keep the painting fresh and alive.
My aim is to render the ordinary as it is, extraordinary.
Kathleen Walsh began her art career 12 years ago. Before that she lived, worked and raised a family some 20+ years overseas. She has served globaly in art as curator, judge, workshop teacher and painter. Her art hangs in private and public collections throughout the US, Asia, Europe and Africa.