Painting the West ..
✦ Kate Withers .. a professional artist living a great nomadic lifestyle .. warm deserts in the winter .. mountains or the high Colorado Plateau in the summer .. spent many years exploring and working seasonally in the majestic National Parks of the West.
Primarily a landscape painter .. many oil studies are painted plein-air [on location] while on extended camping expeditions in the great American outback .. the clear light and vivid colors are so enticing .. one is compelled to linger and observe. My focus is to create a convincing sense of place .. of being there .. the stunning light .. the radiant colors .. the space .. the sense of a living presence.
By contrast .. large studio paintings tend to focus on attempts at revealing the underlying Archetypes .. any visual reference is just a point of departure. With an abiding interest in universal patterns and fractual stylized designs .. these paintings are explorations of another kind.
* Why Paint *
One of the many benefits from this life-long pursuit is 'learning to see'.. how deeply beautiful the world becomes .. that in itself is reason enough to train the eye. Nature opens up from close observation .. the unexpected colors that catch the eye .. the appreciation of the timeless play of light.
And perhaps a glimpse into another reality ..
In my view of the world .. after intensely observing the landscape .. it feels like it's looking at you .. with you .. maybe really is you .. always a deep communication .. beyond the social concept of beauty .. profound and mysterious .. we are all immersed in the ordinary magic of being.
'Capitol Reef - Torrey Glow'
My work is dedicated to all who love the Earth .. our exquisite and cherished Home.