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Katharine Taylor, a Virginia native, has traveled much of Europe gathering her inspiration from the ancient aspects of architectural elements; gateways, alleys, stairways, windows and many, many doorways. By accentuating the cracks in the stucco, the moss on the stones, and the weathered wooden surfaces, she found that watercolor paints lend themselves as a natural medium to give texture and homage to the idea of aging beautifully. Contrarily, she is taken with the bright contrast of sun and shadows and the play of color in the composition of more recent works.
Katharine received her BA in Fine Art with a concentration in painting from Longwood University in Virginia. Her career sent her in the direction of gemology, receiving her Graduate Gemologist Degree from the Gemological Institute of America, earned in residency in NYC. Although the appraisal/gemstone adventure remains intact today, it is the creative work in watercolors that has balanced out her life skills.
The watercolors gathered here are Katharine's lifelong muse. We hope you meander through her waterscapes, doorways, architectural elements and casual still-lifes. Please enjoy each one of them ~
"I am taken with the architectural elements of old buildings and find them more interesting as they weather beautifully with age…. cracked and patched plaster, moldy green stones and splintered wood tell the story of the structure especially through the doorways and windows. It brings a sense of familiarity and comfort to me and I want others to experience that same feeling when looking at one of my paintings, to experience that breathtaking feeling of déja vu.
On the flip side, recently I have found that the simpler the composition, the more effective the painting, which is similar to how I painted in my early stages of playing with watercolors. The strong shadows and high contrast make for a more interesting design. Funny how we eventually return to what we initially loved to do in the first place! Once again, déja vu strikes." ~ katharine
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