Sping 2019 Featured Artist

Kathleen Willer

I make semi-abstracted landscape paintings with acrylic paint, oil and pencil on canvas. Accumulating layers of texture, color and abundant detail reveal a secondary experience when seen up close.

There is a LOT going on in my work. Each piece is the result of hours and hours of layers and techniques that have evolved with me as an artist over the past 26 years.  There is nothing like the feeling when a piece finally looks “whole” to me. I add processes as they come to me, and let others fall away, sometimes without even realizing it. I can’t wait to see what sneaks itself into my work next.

As for the origin of the little drawings and scribbles (sgraffito) inherent in my work, all I know for sure that they have to be there. I believe I was born making little drawings – I can’t remember not knowing I was an artist. I was the kid who got in trouble for drawing on the desk in school, and on the walls at home. I’ve been accruing visual images and colors in my head for as far back as I can remember (even spoken words have color to me). All of this is continually regenerating in my mind – a constant supply of visual inspiration – lucky me! Also, isn’t it wonderful that all of these little scribblings entertain up close, yet serve a purpose (visual texture) as you view my work from a distance?

I have a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. I’ve shown in hundreds of fine art fairs (and won many awards) around the country; I also work with galleries, dealers and designers. My work is collected by numerous private collectors and business and corporations on five continents.

I like that people are intrigued by the originality of my work, yet feel a familiarity in its sophisticated naivety.

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