Kathleen Patton has been a working Graphic and Fine Artist in the Kansas City area for over 25 years. Using Lacquer as a medium since 2001, the vibrant colors and unique blending capabilities has complimented her favorite subjects of Koi ponds and Alaskan river stones.
The Iron Deposits on Stones paintings developed from a trip to Alaska where water, rich in iron, had dripped onto river rocks located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. The natural coloration and circular patterns, created by the constant dripping, was the inspiration for the series.
In addition to the stones, Koi Ponds are a favorite subject to paint. Two styles are used – a traditional blending of brush strokes while others are in a pointillist style incorporating blue, green and orange Lacquer dots to accentuate the Koi’s graceful turns through the water.
As an artist and graphic designer, I’ve been creating work for over 32 years.
In my “Iron Deposits on Stone’s” paintings, I used Lacquer/Enamels/Nail Polish as the mediums because of the intense colors, surface texture and unique blending abilities. The series developed from a trip to Alaska many years ago. A riverbed located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve where water, rich in iron, had dripped onto a section of rocks and left circles of rich blues, rusty oranges and smoke grays. The natural coloration and circular patterns, created by the constant dripping was the subject of these pieces.
Gardens: Subject has always been the heart of any painting and I spend a lot of time evaluating color combinations and composition. A big influence is animation artist Maurice Noble whose work is legendary not only for his compositions but for his choice of colors in each project. The inspirations for the Garden series are Monet’s home at Giverny along with Arboretums and local gardens. I utilize the Impasto technique because it adds texture and breaks down the vivid colors into specific brush strokes. As a result, I get this beautiful, impressionistic vision of nature.