"I paint abstractly, layering line, shape and color. I build up layers, letting things peek through, and I break them down, scratching and scraping, to reveal what’s beneath. For me, it’s about the process. The journey brings its own meaning."
American artist, Katie Willes is a self-taught abstract expressionist. Her degree was in Chemistry, but her art education started in museums across Europe. With a passion for art herself, Katie’s mother took her to museums on every vacation and weekend trip during Katie’s teenage years, when Katie’s father was stationed at an Army hospital in Germany. Katie’s love for art continued and she now takes her own children to museums in every new city and country they visit.
Despite her appreciation for fine art, Katie always thought of herself as a left-brained person. Her interest in abstract was piqued with her first visit to the MoMA in New York. When her oldest went away to college and studied art, Katie started painting as a way to connect with her. That sparked a passion that has blazed like wildfire. With an innate eye for color and design, Katie’s paintings also reflect her optimism and happy personality.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist