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] in the vast 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 sense of a living presence. Love the High Desert.
By contrast .. large studio paintings tend to focus on revealing underlying Archetypes .. any visual reference is just a point of departure. With an abiding interest in universal patterns and fractual stylized designs .. along with strong use of color .. these paintings are explorations of my obsessions.
* Why Paint *
One of the many benefits from this life-long pursuit is 'learning to see'.. how deeply beautiful and astounding 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 delight of the timeless play of light on form .. the magic of the everyday world.
'Capitol Reef - Torrey Glow'