FEATURED ARTIST - Kathleen howsare
June 7th - June 30th
Kathleen has been painting since the age of 8. She graduated from Langley High School and holds a BA in Studio Art from Mary Washington College. With a teaching degree in art she taught in public schools in Virginia and West Virginia for over 32 years.While teaching she earned an MFA from American University. Kathleen has lived in Lovettsville for 34 years and is a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club. After her retirement from teaching six years ago she has devoted much of her time to painting. She shows locally and has won several awards for her work.
ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always loved being outdoors and looking at nature. I feel a strong connection to animals and rural landscape. Most of my work is inspired by photos taken while walking and hiking. In my studio I edit and compose to create compositions that draw the viewer in and through the painting. Using acrylic I am able to layer paint by using a brush to sketch and underpaint then I build layers of color and texture with a palette knife. Enhanced color, light and contrast are important elements in my work. I call my style Expressive Impressionism. My desire is to continue in this vein and grow in my style with expressive use of color and texture.