Inspiration: Kathryn Neale

Kathryn Neal is interested in the intersection of pattern, nature, and interior decoration and responds to this interaction in her paintings. She writes:

Within these repeated imagery, pattern can [.....] represent a constant negotiation between culture and nature, where we generally feel a separation from nature in our contemporary lifestyles. Our response is to bring these natural forms into our interior environments through decoration, and through this action, we attempt to domesticate nature in an ideal form.           

I love her series of paintings on tablecloths. She reacts to the commercial portrayal of nature and makes it her own.

Sharkey Gray, 2011 Acrylic and mixed media on cotton tablecloth 60 x 92 inches  

Sharkey Gray, 2011
Acrylic and mixed media on cotton tablecloth
60 x 92 inches

 

Deep Indigo, 2011 Acrylic and mixed media on cotton tablecloth 82 x 60 inches  

Deep Indigo, 2011
Acrylic and mixed media on cotton tablecloth
82 x 60 inches

 

Kathryn recognizes the different stylistic approaches to nature. Her process of painting is very layer based, which to her is a reference to these different ways of portraying the subject. Her simple under-drawings create a nice mix of abstract and realistic imagery and the way she combines many style types into the same piece gives a lot of interest to her work.

What Do I See (1), 2010   Acrylic, Paper and Ink on panel 18x`8 inches  

What Do I See (1), 2010
  Acrylic, Paper and Ink on panel
18x`8 inches

 

What Do I See (3), 2010 Acrylic, Paper and Ink on (2) panels (1) 10x10 inches (2) 18x24 inches  

What Do I See (3), 2010
Acrylic, Paper and Ink on (2) panels
(1) 10x10 inches (2) 18x24 inches

 

Rose Buds (Alexandria Series), 2008   Acrylic on panel   24x24 inches  

Rose Buds (Alexandria Series), 2008
  Acrylic on panel
  24x24 inches

 

Learn more about her and see more of her work at her website: http://www.kathrynneale.com