Vintage Indie would like to welcome Katrina Howarth as our featured artist.
I am an example of putting your heart into your passion and following your dreams...after arriving in the states after graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1995, I arrived with my rucksack and a portfolio of paintings from art school and now 17 years later, I am a happy mother of three lovely daughters and a very successful artist and gallery owner.
My work today is a taste of my daily life and I feel very lucky to be able to live the dream i had hoped for. My paintings share my joyful and abundant life, and with just opening my own gallery in Galveston, Texas. I enjoy so much brightening peoples days and lives.
What is your preferred medium?
My prefered medium is oil, over the last 10 years i have developed my own style with layering and glazing with my palette of 7 oils. Its the contrast of the burnt sienna that plays with the daily palette...which may look different depending on what mood i am in or what music i am listening too. I love the way the oils play with one another and how they sink into the linen, canvas or panel.
How did you get started?
Art has always been apart of my life. My Mum is an artist, my grandfather an architect. As in previous email i have fond memories of times with my mum, i always had art supplies around me, and remember always doodling, or painting...it was the main thing i did from as early as i remember.
Who or what inspires you?
Matisse, is a major influence as is Bonnard. I soaked in the masters on visits to the many galleries in scotland and england. I have always been attracted to the dance of colour.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?
The advice i would give to someone who is wanting to learn to paint in oils... firstly a painting always begins from the composition, you must have a good drawing beneath to begin with, with detail to the golden section for it to sing. The burnt sienna wash beneath will always create a warmth to work from, go slowly, and allow a flow to begin (almost like a dance), don't be afraid to make any mistakes, keep going, as if you are in the canvas, and listen to yourself, once the conversation is over, walk away to the end of the room and turn around and see the work from a distance. Don't critique your brushstrokes up close, a painting is seen from afar as a whole...
Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?
Vintage, i suppose i am vintage...growing up in the 70's, i think i have much appreciation for the "original" of everything... having daughters and enjoying the things i grew with, and re living those moments myself as a child. I so resonate with shabby chic style, which too me the oldness of a fresh rose in an antique vase, a crystal from a chandelier with antique whites, moldings and old textile patterns...all appear in the interiors i like to paint.
What is important for your customer to know about your work?
What is important for my customer to know about my work.... i think its mostly the joy and abundance that i am so lucky to have at the moment, when my first child was born with special needs..our lives where turned upside down for many years, times were so hard and life was dark with hospitals and doctors.... my husband and i have worked so hard to get where we are today..and the passion we have for each other shows, mirabella is doing fantastically now, and the addition of my angels sophia rose and lily anne, are evidence of true love...... my work is a reflection of the celebration of life, the colour, and beauty that is all around us, which sometimes gets unnoticed from the hectic world we live in... i love to share this with others and i am so lucky to...my new gallery allows me to create a space for those to step into and feel and enjoy and take with them into their worlds.
See more of Katrina's work at her gallery;
Gallery hours are Saturday 12 to 6, Sunday 12 - 4, galveston art walks every 6 weeks from 6-9pm and private viewings available during the week.
The gallery address is,
409 223 8654
Katrina 713 550 6431
Thanks so much Katrina! It has been a pleasure getting to know you.