I am a Saskatoon-based Canadian artist, retired art educator and….a late-bloomer. Though I began life as a physical education teacher, I always loved to draw and was an artist at heart. After taking a community art class and completing my first painting at 40, I decided to return to university (alongside two of my sons!) and completed my B.F.A. with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Since then, I have taught advanced high school art, taken an array of classes from local and international artists, participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and received several awards for my animal portraiture and landscape work. Most recently, I was named “A Saskatchewan Artist to Watch in 2019” and I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to pursue my life’s passion and create art every day.
For the past twelve years, I have worked mainly with oil and encaustic, an ancient medium treasured for its luminosity, layering capabilities and ability to invoke memory and mystery. I prefer oils for their delicious hues and buttery texture and encaustic for its unpredictable nature. I have to say that watching encaustic paint itself during the fusing process is one of my most exciting studio moments as is excavating into previous layers in order to reveal what lies below. Regardless of the media though, expressive mark-making, colour, texture and light always play a powerful role in my art.
Inspired by the various places and subjects I experience across Canada and afar, my current focus is the power of landscape and animal portraiture. Equally fascinated and haunted by the vastness of the prairies and the solitude of the forest, I seek every opportunity I can to hike and immerse myself in these humbling spaces. This is, at once, a personal search for life balance and a means to translate landscape as a form of escape and a source of spiritual growth and well-being. Similarly seduced by animal forms for their emotional and symbolic connections, my goal is to capture their inner beauty and strength through gaze and gesture. In order to draw the viewer in and connect with the animal’s soul, my portraits are close-up, immersive and often eye-to-eye. But whether it’s a landscape, portrait or still life, at the heart of each painting is sensitive observation, my emotional response to the space or subject before me and a deep passion for painting. Quite simply, I paint because I must and I must create.
At present, I work out of my encaustic home studio and the Studio on 20th, a large light-filled space I share with ten other artists in the heart of Saskatoon. Currently represented by galleries in Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, my paintings are part of private, public and corporate collections in Canada and around the world.
Thanks for your interest in my work. Kathy
Two Instagram Accounts: @kathybradshawart @kathybradshawportraits
Trinity Galleries - Saint John, NB, Two Person Exhibition opening October 18th, 2019, 7-9pm
Studio on 20th Open Studio - Saskatoon, Nov 24, 2019 11am - 5pm
”Horn ‘n Hoof” - Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, Nov 30, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020
I gratefully accept commissions and can work from your images, my reference photos or translate a previous work. I say translate because I can never duplicate. For one, why would you want the exact painting that someone else has?! Two, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of applications in a single work, not to mention the emotions and experiences I bring to each commission, so I can come close to the original but never duplicate it.
The Process: First, we will discuss your preferred size, media and composition and depending on my current load of commissions, we will decide on a timeline. Prices for my work are based on a square inch formula and prior to beginning I require a 50% downpayment with the balance due on receipt of the finished painting. To begin, I will sketch out the image for your approval on either a deep-profile custom-made canvas or cradled panel. (For oil commissions, I prefer to build my own stretchers, stretch them with linen or #10/15 oz canvas and gesso them myself as it is far superior to what I can purchase from my suppliers. For encaustics, I use high-quality Canadian-made Gotrick cradled panels.) After the sketch has been approved, I will begin painting and once I am “finished”, will send you either an image of the work or a studio invitation to see it in person. I guarantee my work and your satisfaction, so at this point, I will make any adjustments you would like….it is imperative that you have the opportunity to provide feedback since it is your painting! Once you are completely satisfied, I will record the work, provide you with a certificate of authenticity and we will determine pick-up or delivery, upon which the final payment is due. If shipping is required, clients are responsible for all shipping and insurance charges.
I would be honoured to work on your special commission so please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas or further questions!