Katharine received a degree in History and Anthropology from UNM in 1971 and returned there in 1988 to pursue advanced studies in painting, drawing and printmaking. The simplicity of Native American design and Asian artistic traditions are a means for her to connect imagery of the natural world with the symbology of the journey of one s soul. Her journey has taken her to a diagnosis of Lupus and she is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Those events served to cement her desire to find the contemplative imagery shown here at the New Mexico Cancer Center.
In addition to contributing her artistic knowledge as a high school and UNM Community College instructor, she has served as a Fine Arts judge at the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, New Mexico Prisons Art Competition, and board member for Red Mesa Art Center. Katharine has participated in numerous workshops held by individual artists; a Monoprint Workshop at Tamarind Institute; Monoprint, Gravure and Kitchen Lithography classes at New Grounds/Remarque.
My paintings are representational of my personal experience to re-establish a sense of self after life-changing cancer. Creating art, for me is the process by which mental and physical realities are bridged. The experimentation and methodology of aspects of my journey are seen in repeated patterns, lost and found shapes, both wet and dry materials and the various grays. My attempt to reconcile the filaments of my thoughts with actual experience is depicted in the variety of presentations. The limited grey palette provides a focus for my exploration.
A path of expression may take the guise of a diagram or a map. The fundamental architecture of the journey is a personal one, impacted by the beliefs and dreams we share. We are all multi-layered and linked. As if a mandate from my spiritual self, art remains my sovereign remedy.