Homage to NW Landscapes
Watershed Gallery, Eugene OR
August 12 thru September 20, 2014
Pastel Society of Oregon Biannual International
Juried Show, Emerald Art Center,
12th Annual All Around Oregon Show
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
May 29-July 5, 2014
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Corinne Woodman Gallery with Joey Azul
June 10-July 12, 2014
Albany City Hall Gallery
with Purely Pastel Artists
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery
July 23-August 29, 2014
Reflections of Oregon: Landscapes by Laurel
Buchanan, Anita Cook, Katy Grant Hanson, Jana Johnson and Kate McGee
Oregon Art Supply
Art Walk First Friday in October
October 3, 2014
1020 Pearl Street
Philomath Open Studios
October 25-26 and November 1-2
Noon to 5pm
with Rhoda Fleischman, FlashPoint Pottery
December 1, 2013 thru January 15, 2014
Visit my BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE for current work.
I belong to Purely Pastel Artists, a group of like minded dust makers in the lower Willamette Valley.
Click here for the Purely Pastel Artists website.
Golden dried grasses that hold the setting sun glow before dusty oaks.
Kate is showing pastel and charcoal abstracted landscapes at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene in September and October. Look for her on the First Friday Artwalk in October::
Kate had two still life pieces, her Satsuma paintings, juried into the biannual Pastel Society of Oregon International Show. The show is at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, September 2-27. The reception will be on Friday, September 12 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
Kate had two landscape pieces, Old Apple and Walk in the Woods,
juried into the Homage to NW Landscapes
Show at Watershed Gallery, Eugene, up from now until
The Emerald Art Center International Juried Spring Exhibition
has accepted Kate's pastel Pepper and Knife.
The exhibit will be in Springfield, OR at the EAC during May, 2014.
The NWPS International Juried Show at the
American Art Company gallery in Tacoma, WA
featured Sunflowers for Jane from May 4 to June 15, 2013.
Soggy was juried into ArtWorks NW at the
Umpqua Valley Art Association in Roseburg, Oregon.
The show, featuring Oregon artists in all mediums,
was up from May 10 to June 28.
VIVID PASTELS by AWARD WINING ARTIST
My pastel landscapes are of real and imagined places. Each painting is an experiment to express an idea about place and atmosphere. They are painted pretty quickly, over a day or two, and many do not succeed. I am not patient but I am persistent.
I go back to the same places to paint over and over again to record the weather, the quality of light, the reflection of water, the growth of grasses; all the changes in a place over time. Familiarity breeds understanding and a focused sense of the place so that I can express its fundamental nature simply.
I also paint from memory, reentering places I have visited in the past. These imaginings are strong images distilled as designs as well as places. I often work over old, failed, pieces that peek through, influencing the new layers of pastel, a bit of a surprise. The sanded paper and fixative spray allow for layer upon layer of pastel, glazes of color that aren't muddy. The large blocky pastels I use don't lend themselves to fine detail.
I have always drawn and painted. Growing up in a busy family with five kids that valued creativity in all the arts, I was the designated visual artist. Later, I chose a landscape architecture career that honed my designer's eye and drawing skills. Those years of creating three dimensional spaces, designing with shadow, sunlight, color and texture, naturally inspired my passion for painting landscapes.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I decided to put in my 10,000 hours to master pastel painting. Now, some years later, I've participated in many juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national art magazine. I quit my day job and became a full time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area in the Coast Range of Oregon, near Corvallis, several years ago.