I am pleased to be the featured artist on Artwrk.ca right now. My series of work called the Untethered Collection combines landscape and the abstract paintings they inspired. I've shaken up the elements of the landscape to create a new energy or amplify certain features or colours that I didn't think were getting quite enough attention before. In connection with this feature, the team at Artwrk.ca has put together this little studio tour. (Contact me to purchase)
Here is a timelapse of a painting I did called 'A Day to Remember'. I wanted to capture the amazing scenery of Howe Sound and the special aqua and turquoise tones of the silty water near Squamish, BC. I also wanted the painting to have the positive energy of a hot, sunny day spent with friends on the water. Did I succeed?
I’m a painter based in North Vancouver, mainly using acrylics. I tend to release 2-3 online collections of my landscape and abstract paintings a year, and ship across North America.
In between those, I take on a handful of commissions, and will open up my Pop-up Print Shop quarterly with Limited Edition Reproductions. Currently you can find some of my work locally at @artisancollective_ , in the @northvanarts Art Rental program (to rent or buy). In South Surrey/White Rock, you can find paintings at @madeleinedesigngroup.
The best way to get your hands on my newest paintings, is to join my collector’s mailing list.
I have twin boys who keep me silly, prefer tea over coffee, sleep over late nights, dancing over sitting and I have yet to perfect my homemade pizza crust but I’ll keep trying. I’m a painter based in North Vancouver, mainly using acrylics. I tend to release 2-3 online collections of my landscape and abstract paintings a year, and ship across North America.
In between those, I take on a handful of commissions, and will open up my Pop-up Print Shop quarterly with Limited Edition Reproductions. Currently you can find some of my work locally at @artisancollective_ , in the @northvanarts Art Rental program (to rent or buy). In South Surrey/White Rock, you can find paintings at @madeleinedesigngroup
The best way to get your hands on my newest paintings, is to join my collector’s mailing list at www.katierodgers.ca
I have twin boys who keep me silly, prefer tea over coffee, sleep over late nights, dancing over sitting and I have yet to perfect my homemade pizza crust but I’ll keep trying.
I paint for two main reasons:
1. To feel balanced, calm, and for my own mental well-being or however you like to phrase it. To remind myself of wonderful things I’ve seen or places I’ve been that I love.
2. To share with other people artwork that helps them feel that same balance and calm, reminding them of places they’ve been or good feelings they’ve felt. Check out my next blog video which is a timelapse of making A Day to Remember and you'll see what I mean.
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I'm pleased to have my latest body of work exhibited on Artwrk.ca this week. In this collection I am reflecting on the transition of nature from the cool dead of winter, when the earth around me lies in wait for the warmth of spring to come alive again. As the colours awaken and buds begin to bloom, this is a positive and hopeful time of year. I wanted to capture and share some of that perennial optimism. Starting with calm and cool landscape scenes, I found my brushstrokes getting more playful as the colours became more intense. The collection ends with brilliant, jewel-tones similar to what we find in our gardens. By the time summer hits, we are awake and ready for these bold flights of fancy. View the whole collection here until June 8th.
My abstract paintings often branch out from a landscape I'm painting, as was the case with this pair. 'Ongoing Admiration' (left) is an ode to one of my favourite West Coast hikes. You'll find portions of this cool colour palette carried over to 'Lying in Wait'. The pops of magenta and fresh green begin to poke through the cool tones in this painting.
This Spring I've been branching out to wood panels as a new substrate. 'Stuck in Your Head' (left) and 'Floating Toward You' are both West Coast landscapes on wood panel, real and imagined.
In this pair below, 'Perennial Optimism' and 'In a Swirl' capture the full spring fever with both playful and expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colours. The final three shown below reach max saturation: Bijou- Sapphire, Night Crept in Before We Knew It, and Bijou- Magenta. Check out the full collection here on Artwrk.ca
It may take three ferries to get there, but Hornby Island does not disappoint. I've been there a couple of times in the summer and it has so many memorable landscapes that I can envision many more paintings to come. Here is a little behind the scenes timelapse of 'A Worthwhile Journey' which features Helliwell Provincial Park. I have painted a smaller version of this view already, but I really wanted to tackle it in a larger size. This is 36"x36" and will be available March 3rd on Artwrk.ca. If you'd like the early access to the release, Join my Subscriber list.
I'm excited to share my upcoming exhibition news, Of Restorative Nature, which opens November 23rd at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. I'll be showing some of my Regeneration paintings alongside the work of Lynda Fownes and Eileen Walsh.
This series depicts the constant renewal of life emerging on the old growth stumps of North Vancouver. The paintings attempt to convey the combination of energy and calm found in the forests as well as the lush layers of vegetation surrounding the strong foundation of the stumps.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, being at home with restless children necessitated several walks each day in the surrounding woods to release our pent-up energy. The Seymour valley has many beautiful trails which are a source of creativity and entertainment for us all. While my children were imagining space settings, castles, and forts in the stumps, I began to picture these sculptural giants in other colours, with personalities and moods, animating them as well as contemplating them as they once were. Shown here are Class Clown (or the joker), The Rebel, and The Seductress. The rest of the cohort will be available Nov 23rd - Dec 19th. Visit the West Vancouver Community Arts Council event listing for more information about the exhibition.
Would you like to join me on a journey to the desert? This past spring we had seemingly endless rain here in North Vancouver. The wet, dark days led me to start reflecting back on a nice, dry, hot trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I had been saving some photos from the Hidden Valley Trail to explore with my paints. The Metamorphic Collection is the result of that exploration which will be released Oct 21st on Artwrk.ca
These paintings represent the beauty and abstract quality of the other-worldly landscape in the desert. The vast, exposed spaces, and the way the land has been sculpted with rugged rock formations and boulders over time lends itself well to both landscape and abstract pieces. It’s a hostile environment for animals and vegetation, but somehow everything looks smoothed over. The warm and inviting palette is meant to remind you of that glorious feeling of the sun shining on your (SPF covered) face. Those on my subscriber list will receive the first access to purchase this collection. I can't wait to share the Metamorphic Collection with you.
These four pieces will be available this Thursday Oct 6 until Saturday Oct 8th in the online Square Foot Show. I'll post the link on my site to purchase on Thursday and those on my subscriber list will receive it first. Can't wait to be apart of this online sale of 292 paintings. You can read more about my inspiration in the previous blog post.
I'm thrilled to have been invited to enter the Square Foot Show by amazing watercolour painter Andrea England. The theme is Autumn. Growing up in Southern Ontario my Fall memories include the prevalent bright reds, oranges and yellows, and bringing my whole kindergarten class home to jump in the leaves of our great big backyard tree. While I miss those brilliant reds, the Fall colours here in Vancouver are no less spectacular. Driving up to Whistler on a crisp Fall weekend from Vancouver, you will find a gorgeous array of yellows and oranges set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and the aqua tinted waters of Howe Sound or Green Lake. My four pieces for the Square Foot Show are all flashes of Fall splendor, slivers of ever changing perfect views. Shown below are two of my entries: Now You See It and Now You Don't.
The Square Foot Show in Autumn features one-of-a-kind original 12″x 12″ paintings around the theme of Autumn, created by 52 artists from across North America. Each piece is the same price ($300) and will be available through the Square Foot Show website when the show begins. There’s a reason, after all, that Square Foot Show has become known as the “Black Friday of Art!” I'll be sharing the link here and directly with my subscribers list prior to the show going live. I've seen pieces fly out the door in this sale, so if you see something you like, it's best to jump right on it when it opens on Thursday October 6th (closing Oct 8th).
Join my Collectors list here to be sent the link directly.
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