KATHERINE IRISH IAPS/MC, PSA, PSNM/DP, APAA/DP, PSWC, SEPS/MOE, PSSW
BIO: Katherine knew she was an artist from an early age. She studied art at DePauw University. During this time she attended Tyler School of Art in Rome and the GLCA program in New York, where she interned with Willard Midgette. She earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Pratt Institute. While in New York, Katherine took classes at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and the Art Students League. She was a frequent visitor to New York’s many magnificent art museums and galleries. Katherine’s first one-woman show was in New York at Marie Pellicone Gallery.
Katherine’s desire to paint New Mexico landscapes grew after a painting trip to New Mexico in 1981. She soon moved to Taos to pursue a career in art. Sunsets incorporate many abstract patterns as well as beautiful layers of color. Previously painting in oil, she began working seriously in pastel in 2002. Katherine joined Albert Handel’s Mentor Program in 2013 and has appreciated the artistic and professional growth that she has experienced through his guidance. Katherine is an award winning artist who exhibits in juried and invitational exhibits across the country.
STATEMENT: As a landscape artist, I join the league of painters who point to nature as the embodiment of truth. Evidence of life can be experienced each day. The swelling of a flower, the rising crescendo as a sunset reaches its most intense hues, a mist that softens, a fierce eagle hovering above a body of water. These are examples of experiences that enrich and inform our lives.
I have made a conscious decision to contribute beauty to the world through my art.