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                                                                                                                          "Coreopsis"  (Kathe Kokolias) 

 

Artist Statement

Whatever media I use in my art, I strive for a feeling of balance, harmony and spontaneity−the same elements that guide my life.  I have been a photographer for over thirty years and a writer for the past ten, documenting my travels throughout Mexico, the United States, South America, the Caribbean and Europe, capturing images to accompany my writing.  

A few years ago, I started to paint. After a brief exposure to watercolor, I was introduced to Experimental Watermedia by Karen Rosasco, a gifted teacher and member of the Colonie Art League. I have found my passion with this technique of painting, which is accomplished by building multiple layers of fluid acrylic or watercolor paint and adding texture in between layers. I use whatever materials are on hand to generate exciting texture such as pressing bubble wrap, spraying alcohol or adding heavy gels.  To complete the painting, I like to collage with torn paper and/or found objects to create dimension and focus. Since I am a writer and appreciate the power of the word, I often incorporate script or text into my paintings.

What I love about Experimental Watermedia is that it requires only that you approach it with an open mind; the process is spontaneous and relies on letting go of preconceived ideas, which unleashes the creative and intuitive spirit of the artist.  The final result is always a surprise, and who doesn’t love a surprise?

I spend winters in Zihuatanejo, Mexico and have joined a local group, Arte Nativo, led by Alfredo Tapia in their open studio while I am there from January through March. These talented artists use acrylic/latex paint in a more representational style and have inspired me to follow their lead in capturing the dramatic landscape and lush foliage that surround us: the azure Pacific, the rugged Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, graceful coconut palms, purple bougainvillea, pink hibiscus and even mythical mermaids that are part of this coastal culture. This type of painting requires a different set of skills−specific planning, selecting a palette and often sketching the design−which is necessary for a successful finished product. Practicing this technique has improved my drawing and painting capability and has broadened my artistic vision.  

My old love of making free-form sculpture has resurfaced and in the past year I have taken workshops in Saratoga, New York using Paverpol, a textile/fabric hardener invented in the Netherlands.  I invite you to visit my Art Gallery below to see some examples of my work. 

 

 

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

 

 

 

 

Transformation

 

Transformation

 

 

 

Three Muses

Three Muses

 

 

 

Far Away Land

 

Far-Away Land

 



If Walls Could Speak

If Walls Could Talk


 

Canyon Walls

Canyon Walls

 

 

 

The Promise web

 

The Promise

 

 

 

Dancing In The Surf

 

Dancing In The Surf

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Rising

 

Phoenix Rising

 

Reverie

 

Reverie

 

 

Rollin' and Tumblin'

 

Rollin' and Tumblin'

 

 

 

The Mystic

 

The Mystic

 

 

 

 

Inspiration II

 

Inspiration II

 

 

 

 

Mind Your P's and Q's

 

 

Mind Your P's and Q's

 

 

 

 

 

Seascape

 

 

Sea Song

 

 

 

 

 

Running Out of Time

 

Running Out of Time

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Magi

 

 

The Three Magi II

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I Dream

 

Sometimes I Dream

 

 

 

 

 

Serenity

 

 Serenity

 

 

 

 

Totem

 

Totem

 

 

 

 

 

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