Featured Artist Katherine Weber

Ethereal and filled with free-flowing form and color, the watercolors of artist Katherine Weber captivate and enchant the senses. Learn more about this artist by visiting her website.

 

“Catbird” Watercolor, 14” x 26” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Catbird” Watercolor, 14” x 26”

 

My art started as a teen, and included a variety of media, such as graphite, charcoal, soft and oil pastels, watercolor, acrylic and oil. The only one that frustrated me was watercolor – it would not behave.

 

“Hedgerow” Watercolor, 16.5” x 13.5” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hedgerow” Watercolor, 16.5” x 13.5”

 

Aging has its rewards; that which frustrated me as a teen, fascinates me now. With growth, I have learned patience, a necessary requirement to get along with watercolor’s unpredictable behavior.

 

“Fall Oak” Watercolor, 31” x 18” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fall Oak” Watercolor, 31” x 18”

 

I can’t wait to see what the colors decide to do, as I allow them to mix and mingle, usually a triad of poured colors. I have happily abandoned all control. Well, sort of.

 

“Gull on Rocks” Watercolor, 21” x 11”by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gull on Rocks” Watercolor, 21” x 11”

 

Even though the watercolor on textured papers (Masa, Yupo, Terraskin) takes on a life of its own, once dry I’m ready and anxious to step in, observe and imagine. I pull frogs, fish, turtles, trees, birds and bugs out of the watercolor chaos.

 

“Orchid Zen” Watercolor, 10” x 13” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Orchid Zen” Watercolor, 10” x 13”

 

For me, this is normal. My dad and I did the very same thing when we were outside and he was teaching me about the same joy of close observation that his wildlife artist dad taught him. Granddad also closely observed nature for his initial sketches, then his copper plate etchings.

 

“Pond Life” Watercolor, 19” x 15” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pond Life” Watercolor, 19” x 15”

 

Since I was so interested, he gave me my first pencils, sketch paper and instruction. This love and curiosity for all that is out there are my constant companions, as well as my comfort. With childlike eyes, I still see nature up close and personal.

 

“Snowbirds” Watercolor, 27” x 15” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Snowbirds” Watercolor, 27” x 15”

 

This intense focus often plays out when I paint an additional two to three different sized versions of a finished subject.

 

“Walking Tree” Watercolor, 11” x 14” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Walking Tree” Watercolor, 11” x 14”

 

While most of my art is of a relatively standard size, some are quite small, especially when I zoom in on an intriguing portion of the larger original.

 

“Blue Lagoon” Watercolor, 5” x 3.5” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Lagoon” Watercolor, 5” x 3.5”

 

In recent years I have entered miniature painting competitions where images measure less than 25 square inches.

 

“Turtle Trio” Watercolor, 6.5” x 3.5” by artist Katherine Weber. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Turtle Trio” Watercolor, 6.5” x 3.5”

 

While excited that some have sold, even won awards, nothing beats getting juried into Washington, D.C.’s  international show of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society—the same show in which Granddad had his work accepted in the 1940s, reminding me that often life goes soothingly in full circle.

I also now have a signature membership with Artists for Conservation, an international group of nature artists dedicated to wildlife and habitat conservation.

 

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