ABOUT KATHY SMITH

I live near the waters of Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska. I paint and draw. I fish and garden. From time to time, I update this website.

You may view my paintings at the Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska, and at Blue Holloman Gallery in Anchorage.

 

 

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ENCAUSTIC MONOPRINTS 2015

My latest work was recently on display at the Fire Island Bake Shop in Anchorage. I began this work after an early summer trip to McCarthy and Kennecott. I was inspired by the landscape of the Wrangell Mountains, the Copper River Delta, and the Kennecott and Root Glaciers, and by the geology and history of the area.

These small pieces are encaustic monoprints, which I create using pigmented beeswax to paint a composition on a heated aluminum plate. I then press a sheet of  paper on the printing plate. The finished prints are adhered to cradled panels. These prints are all small; they vary in size from 6×6″ to 10×10″.

 

CENTERING   SERIES

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ENTERING  / IMMERSION   SERIES 

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MIGRATION  /  LANDING    SERIES

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 COVERING   SERIES

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Comments, anyone? Let me know if you  saw the slideshow, and if you like the work.

These paintings will be available for purchase in mid November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW PAINTINGS 2014

   
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  MUD BAY MORNING                                   oil and wax on panel 18″ x 24″

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WINTER SEAS                                                                      oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

 

 

 

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WINTER ICE, BELUGA SLOUGH                            oil and wax on panel 24″ x 24″

 

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                SEAWEED, MUD BAY                                oil on canvas   36″ x 36″

 

 

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SEAWEED MASS                              oil and wax on panel       16″ x 16

 

Rocks and Sand
ROCKS AND SAND, MUD BAY                                 oil and wax on panel               18″ x 24″
                                                                   

 

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SEAWEED II                        oil and wax on panel 12″ x 12″

 

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SPRING ICE, BELUGA SLOUGH                                  oil and wax on panel            16″ x 16″

 

 

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SEAWEED III                                  oil and wax on panel            12″ x 12″

 

 

STORM TIDE                                         oil and wax on panel              24″ x  24″

 

 

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BEACH PARTY                  oil and wax on panel     16″ x 16″

 

WINTER BAY                                                                    oil on canvas       24″ x 36″

 

 

_D1A0864 (2) copyWINTER ICE, BELUGA SLOUGH                           oil on canvas    24″ x 24″

_D1A0859 (2) copySPRING THAW, BELUGA SLOUGH                                      oil on canvas   24″ x 24″

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WINTER TIDE                                       oil and wax on panel                   24″ x 24″

 

 

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MUD BAY ICE                                               oil and pigment on canvas          24″ x 36″

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INK AND WAX: NEW WORKS ON PAPER


I began this work during the autumn equinox, and brought it to light during the following winter.  
I chose a limited palette of black and white to reflect a balance of darkness and light.
I painted torn papers with various inks , and coated and fused them with wax medium.                                                            
My artistic intention was to recognize the part that darkness plays in our lives, not just in the cycles of nature, but in creativity and spiritual transformation.

 

Stand Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Stand
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″h
Poem for Paul Klee 30"w x 21"h Ink, wax, rice papers and assorted papers mounted on board
Poem for Paul Klee
30″w x 21″h
Ink, wax, rice papers and assorted papers mounted on board
Tidelands Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers 32"w x 21"h
Tidelands
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers
32″w x 21″h
Witness Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 22"h
Witness
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 22″h
Burden of Sight Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Burden of Sight
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″h
Bluff Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"W x 22"L
Bluff
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″W x 22″L
Library Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 30"w x 21"h
Library
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
30″w x 21″h
Tree Diary Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 30"W x 21"H
Tree Diary
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
30″W x 21″H
Elegy Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Elegy
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″h
Messenger Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Messenger
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″h
Dream of Flying Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Dream of Flying
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″h
Abundance Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 20"w x 31"h
Abundance
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
20″w x 31″h
Axis Mundi Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board 31"w x 21"h
Axis Mundi
Inks, wax, rice papers and handmade papers mounted on board
31″w x 21″high

 

GALLERY PHOTOS

East Wall
East Wall
Northeast Wall
Northeast Wall

 

North and West Walls
North and West Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







    images on this page by Chris Arend Photography

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DOWN TO EARTH

The DOWN TO EARTH paintings celebrate a subsistence lifestyle, my love of fish and fishing, and the growing and gathering of food.

BERRY SEASON oil on linen 40"H x36"W 2008 BERRY SEASON                                                                                      oil on linen  40″ x 36″

 

GARDEN PATCH oil on linen 40"H x 36"W 2008GARDEN PATCH                                                                            oil on linen    40″ x 36″

 

CHINOOK Oil on linen 40”h x30”w 2008CHINOOK                                                                          oil on linen     40″ x 30″

 

BURNING BRIGHT BURNING BRIGHT                      oil and cold wax on linen   36″ x 30″

RIPE oil on linen 36"H x 30"W 2008RIPE                                                                                     oil on linen  36″ x 30″

RHUBARB I
RHUBARB I

 

RHUBARB II oil on canvas 40"w x 42"h
RHUBARB II oil on canvas 40″w x 42″h

 

Return

 CLOSER

Closer

 RETURN

Flense

FLENSE

SOCKEYE
SOCKEYE

 

SMOKER
SMOKER

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INTO PLEIN AIR

Beluga Slough Wetlands
Beluga Slough Wetlands

 

Beluga Slough Grasses
Beluga Slough Grasses

 

Beluga Slough Wildflowers
Beluga Slough Wildflowers

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STELLER JAYS

I am fascinated by the birds who visit my yard and my garden,  especially the scavengers.

The noisy and curious  Steller Jays  are among the most colorful and bold,  so  I thought it might be fun to paint them.

These paintings are done in oil and encaustic.

They are   8″ x 8”  square on cradled hardboard.

 

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CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE

Concerning  Climate Change: An Art and Science Collaboration was one of several planned exhibits at the Pratt Museum that asked the community and visitors to respond to environmental change.

BEAT THE RETREAT
RETRIBUTION

2 thoughts on “CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE

  1. Kathy – I am sitting comfortably on my couch munching kale chips and enjoying your new site. Thank you so much for putting the word out on FB. Wish I had a castle to hang all of your work. Love my ‘Rhubarb’ piece – Nancy

    1. Thanks Nancy! I was glad to find a theme that showcases my work a little better. Still learning, and making myself take time out from the studio to work at the computer. I love the piece you sent for Women Who Run with the Tides.

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20th ANNIVERSARY EXXON-VALDEZ OIL SPILL

Both the Pratt Museum and at Bunnell Street Arts Center commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill with group shows in 2009.

This year marks the 26th Anniversary of the spill.

 

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  1. Kathy,

    First, this is a great website; easy to use and visually pleasing. I loved seeing the
    breadth and depth of your work and your words, though sparse give some insight
    into your process.

    What a wide range of style you have! We saw a Stellar’s Jay as we left your house
    on Sunday, so I especially liked those pieces, but others, Garden Patch and some others reminded me of
    your fiber work years ago.

    Very enjoyable browse among your work. Judith

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ENCAUSTICS

                    Images in these galleries include older work, as I begin to build an archive of my encaustic work.

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