KATHRYN TATUM

ARTIST STATEMENT ON 'ABOVE TREE LINE' ART

As a long-time resident of Telluride, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico, my interests are rooted in a relationship with mountains and expressed as contemporary MOUNTAIN PAINTINGS.  Featuring magnificent views and rock formations seen from atop of ski resorts throughout the western USA.  My technique, "East Meets West", is a fusion of asian materials and philosophies with modern western paints and applications.  Each painting starts as a Sumi Ink drawing on rice paper, then is mounted to canvas and finished with acrylic paints and interference metallic colors. These high elevation paintings capture the unique light found above tree line and are multidimensional and light reflective.


ARTIST STATEMENT ON NEW MEDIA ART

I describe my light illuminated paintings as NEW MEDIA FINE ART. These paintings are 2 Dimensional and when combined with L.E.D., RGB, Fiber Optic Lighting, an illusion of 3 Dimensional viewing is created.  A painting consists of many translucent layers of images and organic patterns which conceal the art on the proceeding layer.  The interaction of the colored paint and changing L.E.D., RBG colored light exposes one layered image at a time.  Imagine looking at the cosmos thru a high-powered telescope.  Stars, planets and gases all become visible. Journey deeper into cosmic space and new dimensions become possible while opening the imagination to endless possibilities.  Each painting is constantly changing in color, depth and imagery to excite and evoke the viewer. A remote control governs the brightness, color spectrum speed and has an 'one color lock' if desired.  The art is ideal for dimly lit interior spaces, residential, liturgical, spiritual and children's settings

My creative process employs traditional art materials and methods coupled with cutting edge techniques to form a convergence of art and technology.


ARTIST STATEMENT ON POST MODERN LANDSCAPES

Contemporary Modern Mountain Paintings constructed in geometric forms feature some of the worlds highest peaks. These oil paintings are finished with mica suspended in wax to create a textured surface layer.  Each layer has a reflective, translucent quality to capture the unique light found above tree line.  I call these paintings 'Post Modern Landscapes'.   



Kathryn Tatum has been inspired by the magnificent environment of the Rocky Mountain 4 Corners West for the past 25 years as a resident of Taos, New Mexico and Telluride, Colorado.  Her paintings have been featured as the poster image for the Telluride Jazz Festival 2003-2005, displayed in the Nicolai Fechin Museum in Taos, New Mexico and exhibited in the annual Taos Select Fall Arts Show where her painting "Kachina Peak Ridge Line" received the 'Honorable Mention Award'. 

Currently on display at:

SLATE GRAY GALLERY

209 East Colorado Avenue

Telluride, Colorado

970 728-3777