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Meet Katherine Crow

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine Crow.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started drawing before I could walk. I remember my mom always joked about what an easy kid I was; as long as I had paper and markers, I would be quiet for hours. This has not changed. When I’m creating, I completely lose myself in my current project.

I grew up in New Mexico, and I think the deep colors and contrasts in the landscape are very present in my work. Moving to California was initially bit of a shock because I was much more used to smaller, quiet towns. In New Mexico I spent a lot of time camping, connecting with petroglyphs, counting stars.

I lost my father very suddenly in 2011, and after that art and creativity were a bit more elusive. Working to understand that loss took many years, but I’m happy to say that it was mostly through my art that I’ve found my connection to him and myself again.

Most recently, I’ve started an Instagram to showcase the work I’m doing. It’s helped me be more consistent with my art, and really connect with other people in my community.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a very versatile artist. I’ve studied sculpture, acrylic and watercolor painting, ink drawing, and graphic design. I also craft quite a bit, making crocheted stuffed animals for the kids in my family.

It’s hard to pin down my particular style, but I use bold lines and jewel tones. Deep reds, rich purples, blues, and greens are present in my color work. But I also love to create iconographic animals. I’ve done a number of portraits over the years, and also enjoy inking realistic wildlife and flowers. I love to play with bold lines and soft backgrounds.

Contrast.

I’m heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, and I believe as the artists of the time that things that are functional should also be beautiful. Like the Romanticists before them that rejected the stark intensity of the Industrial Revolution, the Art Nouveau movement glorified nature, and you’ll see that same glorification in my work.

I would like my work to remind it’s viewers to take a breath, be outside, take off your shoes. The quickest connection we have to each other is nature.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I am so inspired by the activism and social awareness we are seeing today; it’s nothing short of amazing to witness communities built with the belief of equality, acceptance, and support.

The events that we are bombarded with every day are saddening, horrifying, and sickening. Art is a means of connection, and remembering that we are fundamentally connected can only help us all breathe a little easier.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am currently taking commissions, so please email me directly, and we can discuss your project. A small portion of my work is available for sale on Society6. And you can find me on Instagram and Facebook with Katherine Crow Designs.

I have an upcoming show in Downtown, Los Angeles. I’ll be participating with Iron Triangle Brewery’s Art & Beer Night, on July 26th at 7 pm. If you’ll be in the area, I’d love to meet you.

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Image Credit:
Francisco Crow, FCImages

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