Kathy Tillman

Exploring objects and textures in nature and capturing the drama of light outdoors have inspired my artwork for as long as I can remember.  After years of working in a variety of different mediums, I currently bounce back and forth between pen and ink in monochromatic drawings to explosions of color in felted landscapes or oil pastels. I find these mediums suit my creative objectives and are just plain fun!

Whether it is a night sky, a sunrise peeking through trees, a striking shadow, or that magical late afternoon glow, I am hooked.  Sometimes I juxtapose color and shape to get my subject to pop out at the viewer and then draw the eye in to look at the details. Or, I may take a more pensive approach and use the swirling of pen strokes to build shape and develop contrast, as my subject slowly appears on the paper. I am never quite sure what the end result will be. My art is a meditative journey, often with a surprise ending.

In the summer, I often spend a week out on Star Island, part of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. The old stone buildings, especially the chapel on the hill, capture the eye and the imagination, so they are often subjects of my work.