Benton County Assessors Office
Albany City Hall Gallery
with Purely Pastel Artists
Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Corinne Woodman Gallery
June 10-July 12, 2014
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery
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
1020 Pearl Street
Philomath Open Studios
October 25-26 and November 1-2
December 1, 2013 thru January 15, 2014
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I belong to Purely Pastel Artists, a group of like minded dust makers in the lower Willamette Valley.
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The outdoor season has begun; the cows are in the meadow, fluffy clouds move overhead and the grass is brain searing green.
Kate had a piece juried into the
12th Annual All Around Oregon Show
Satsumas on a Green Plaid Towel will be in the main gallery while her solo show hangs in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at the Arts Center in Corvallis in July.
Kate has also been invited to show her landscape paintings with four other artists at OSU in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery in late summer.
Kate was recently invited to show at the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon during the summer and at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene in the Fall.
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.