Website & Places you can find my work online
Wild Spirit Gallery: Kathleen Steventon
Blackbird Gallery: Kathleen Steventon
Facebook: Kathleen Steventon
Follow Kathleen on Twitter: @treegirl59
Where I am
I live in Pagosa Springs, CO. That’s in the Four Corners area.
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I grew up in the NJ/NY area, one of 9 children. Received my Landscape Architecture degree from Rutgers Univ., and worked in that profession for about 9 years. Married a Brit, and we moved to the UK to work/live. From there we worked/lived in Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and finally back to the States, moving back to our NJ roots and family.
Had a soul searching after 9/11 and decided to create more meaningful lives, which meant pursuing our life long dreams of becoming working artists and moving to CO for a slower and more beautiful pace of life.
When did you first start painting?
I’ve loved art since I’ve been about five or six. I picked up the paint brush in my late twenties, professionally since my early forties.
Has it always been horses, or do you enjoy painting other subjects?
I absolutely LOVE horses, but having said that, I love all animals and paint a variety of them. Now that we’ve lived here for nearly seven years, I plan on painting some Colorado landscapes. It has taken me this long to feel that I have the depth of understanding to do so. With animals, that understanding seems to be innate and instantaneous. The landscapes around here are so big it has taken me a while to feel competent to be able to portray them on canvas.
Your technique is unique, do you see the animal in the canvas, or does it come to life for you as you work?
I always have a thought before I begin each painting, but as the canvas evolves, the original idea is superceded by what is happening in the studio.
I am nearly always surprised by the finished painting. It took me three years to develop this style, one which I am very happy with, but which continues to evolve as my work evolves.
Who are your main influences?
My main heros in art are Van Gogh, for his use of color and composition, and O’Keeffe for her use of color and contrast, as well as composition. Other than these two deceased artists, the animals influence me each and every day. They are a huge part of our lives here in CO.
Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
No. No one animal has been a muse. They ALL are and give me tremendous joy.
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art?
No. My only struggle is to battle the usual inertia, to get out to the studio and paint! Once I’m there I’m in another world and everything disappears except the canvas.
Is there a particular place that brings you inspiration?
Our small 2 acre wooded property inspires me every day. It is spectacularly beautiful here, with abundant wildlife, and I never take it for granted.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on the art industry?
The internet is HUGE for sharing ideas and artful images, as well as being used as a marketing tool.
Has it had an effect on yours?
Yes, the internet has broadened my ability to market my work, as well as helping me find new shows to enter, especially public art exhibitions. In addition, it helps connect me with other artists and share ideas and experiences.
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
Oh my gosh. My personal favorite changes every month and year. I have a fondness for them all. I’ve kept a few for myself and hang them in our home. My first breakthrough with the palette knife, my first large piece, etc.
When I sign my pieces, with small initials in a corner, if the “S” for my last name is seen backwards, then that is my secret sign that this piece is a favorite of mine.
Would you ever sell it?
I do keep my very favorites for myself in most cases. I have sold a few that I wouldn’t mind having back!
What else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about animals, my volunteer work at our local animal shelter, and gardening.
Working on anything new?
I’m ALWAYS working on something new! I paint nearly every day. Right now I have a new equine series that I’m just beginning, for a show at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade CO. The show will open June 1 2010, and I’m thrilled to have been asked by the gallery to be their guest artist. I’m also starting a new series on wolves, and landscapes. And most likely a fourth series that could be socially orientated. Social commentary on these strange times in which we live.
More to Come
Thanks to Kathleen for answering the interview and sharing her work. Be sure to check out her artist site periodically for updates about her latest works.
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