For eight years, Kathleen Steventon lived overseas in England, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia, but faced a growing desire to live a more meaningful and serene lifestyle.
When she returned to the United States, she and her family settled near Princeton, N.J., then decided moving west and changing careers might be a better choice for making a complete change of life.
Living in Pagosa Springs has enabled Kathleen to realize her dream of making art her profession.
The first year Kathleen lived in Pagosa was spent building an art studio. The following seven years have been spent concentrating on seriously pursuing her art. She at first thought her energy would be directed at duplicating in oils the majestic mountains that surround her life. She has since discovered that the wildlife in Pagosa is what most pulls at her emotionally and intuitively.
One of Kathleen’s goals is to incorporate her own feelings about her subjects into her art work. Using a palette knife, her images are captured uniquely in strong movement. She selectively leaves out some details in order to allow for vast interpretation by viewers. Leaving out details allows the viewer to fill in the blanks and also provides mystery and playfulness in her work; elements that Kathleen finds prevalent both in living life and in creating art.
Kathleen remembers as a small child actively creating art work. However, as an adult she was working as a landscape architect. During that time, she began taking art classes in the evening after her day job. She also invested a lot of time, working independently, on learning as much as she could about art. At the beginning of her transition to art, she focused on still life and nudes. Living in Pagosa has been the impetus to change her focus to painting wildlife.
Kathleen’s work is currently on display at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs and Blackbird Gallery in Albuquerque, NM. In addition, she is the June 2009 featured artist for Pagosa in the “Four Corner’s Gallery Guide” published in Durango. She holds numerous awards and has been featured in several publications over the past few years.
Kathleen looks forward to painting “some kind of critter in oils,” during Art in the Garden Festival 2009 to be held Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.
The public is invited to attend this occasion in a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch setting complete with gourmet food, talented musicians and wonderful art. All proceeds support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund which aids the needy in Archuleta County regardless of religious affiliation.
There will be 15 artists displaying their work at Art in the Garden and all art will be for sale by cash or check with thirty percent of art sales going to the CUMC Community Assistance Fund. Tickets are $30 again this year and will go on sale June 1 at Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Plaid Pony and Community United Methodist Church.
For more information, please go to our Website: http://pagosaArtintheGarden.com.