I've studied fine art and computer design for 18 years and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a bachelors degree of fine arts in 1989. While attending the highly accredited S.A.I.C. I concentrated my studies in computer graphics and video at a time when art and pc's were first coming together. With over 18 years of graphic design experience working with major corporations and the world's top publishing companies, I've had the opportunity to learn and practice the latest techniques with the finest hardware and software available. My art and design background and digital experience as well as my passion for fine art uniquely qualifies me as a digital artist and imageer. I also color comicbooks and cartoons, as well as design websites and print projects so feel free to contact me to discuss your coloring or design needs too. Click here to view my graphic design portfolio.
I was fortunate enough to have one of my first introductions to art be from a good friend of my father's family, the acclaimed American painter Edward Hopper. His work continues to greatly influence me and I find that I am still intrigued by the realism of his work along with the subject matters of the common features of American life. His style of realism, which I feel relates to photography much more strongly than to modern painting, has deeply influenced my interest to combine modern photography styling with expressionistic painting. Photography is a wonderful art medium on it's own certainly, but I find by combining photography with painting, it enables me to add more texture, expression, line fluidity, and most importantly for me, color. My work as a comicbook colorist has also influenced me in ways I am still understanding although I find that I am also seduced by the coloring of the natural scenic landscapes and architecture of Cape Cod and the New England coast. I am always searching for scenes that inspire me to record it's own special beauty. I also often find color inspiration from Edward Hopper's work but also the richness of such pallettes as the great French impressionists, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Gustave Caillebotte, and John Singer Sergeant, to name a few. Because of the digital medium I work in, as a begininng step for some of my work, I am able to digitally replace a photo's original color pallette completely with that of a particular masterpiece's colors pallette that is similar to what I want to express with the my beginning color photo so as to saturate and elevate the photo's mood even more. By combining the old with the new, photography with painting, I feel I will bring the true beauty of my experience to new, unexplored artistic stylings that can be considered uniquely my own.
How I create my art work:
My art work combines the realism of photography with the beauty of traditional painting. I begin with my personal color digital photograph(s) which I modify and enhance into one computer image using photography software. This modifying usually includes deleting unwanted objects from my photo and adjusting the colors, which sometimes means I saturate or enhance the original colors or that I replace some or all of the colors completely with colors I am inspired by from painting masterpieces of similar subject matter. Then I bring the modified photo into a painting program and digitally paint over the original photo to replicate traditional painting effects via a digital drawing pen and tablet that is used along with various computer-based brushes I create (please see more about digital painting below). I then have limited editon archival giclee prints made of the final piece, which are printed on premium fine art water color paper or fine art canvas. With some of my paintings, once they're printed, I will further enhance it by painting or drawing over a print to make it a one-of-a-kind peice of work. However, most of my art work is printed in very limited editions of 20 prints per piece.
About Digital Painting:
(Excerpt taken from wikipedia) Digital painting is an emerging artform in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. The artist uses painting techniques to create the digital painting directly on the computer. The main difference between digital and traditional painting is the non-linear process. That is, an artist can often arrange their painting in layers that can be edited independently. Also, the ability to undo and redo strokes frees the artst from a linear process. But a digital painter must employ many, if not all, of the techniques and study of a traditional painter. The digital artist has at their disposal several tools not available to the traditional painter. Some of these include: a virtual palette consisting of millions of colors, almost any size canvas or media, the ability to take back mistakes, erasures, pencils, spray cans, brushes, combs, and a variety of 2D and 3D effect tools. A graphics tablet allows the artist to have very precise hand movement simulating a real pen and drawing surface. Digital painting software such as Corel Painter, Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, ArtRage, and openCanvas give artists a similar environment to a physical painter: a canvas, painting tools, mixing palettes, and a multitude of color options. There are various types of digital painting, including impressionism, realism, and watercolor.
Art.com - Emeryville, CA, USA
World Wide Art Resources - Granville, Ohio, USA
The Saatchi Gallery online - London, England, UK
deviant ART - Los Angeles, CA, USA
myartspace.com - New York, New York, USA
Exhibitions: Will be updating soon.
July 21 – August 27, 2006: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
January 27 – March 5, 2006: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
January 27 – February 26, 2006: Working Artists: PAAM Staff, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
July 21 – August 27, 2005: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
July 15 – August 14, 2005: Members Juried, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
July 15 – July 31, 2005: 12 x 12 Members Silent Auction, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
June 1 - June 30, 2005: Solo Exhibition at The Truro Library, Truro, MA
May 27 – June 19, 2005: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
March 11 – April 17, 2005: Members Juried, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
February 18 – March 27, 2005: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
January - February, 2004: International Digital Art Show for the Museum of Computer Art at The Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center, New York City, NY
February - March, 2004: Members Small Works, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
May 2nd - May 30, 2004: Solo Exhibition at the Truro COA, Route 6, Truro, MA
August - September: Members Open, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
August: New Members Show, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
Aprill 4th - May 26th, 2003: Gargoyle on the Square, Somerville, MA
June 7, 2003: Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, Brookline, MA
July 1 - July 26: New Art '03, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA
Keep checking back for changes in The Digital Teacup Gallery as I will be updating it often with new art work. Thanks again for checking out my site! ~ Kathryn