Rhythm is a basic pattern in nature. As a former musician I’m fascinated to watch skylight glitter between leaves and branches, waves pound a rocky shore, starlings turn and twist in flight. Watching pastured horses shift in seconds from peaceful repose to explosive gallop led me to paint the flowing energy and spirit beyond the form.
My new series explores visible or imagined patterns and connections in the natural world. Finding my way among subtle pathways and interlocking energies, or just wandering through them, allows a dynamic and layered rhythm to unfold.
I work in plein air and in the studio, with acrylic, oil stick, pencil, ink, charcoal and watercolor, crisscrossing the border between realism and abstraction to unlock the spirit of a particular moment. Clarity appears, disappears, and reappears. I search, get lost, keep going, make lot of marks, respond, edit, delete. Eventually the rhythm transforms chaos into connection.
Kathryn Shagas studied music for 16 years before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in corporate and private collections as well as solo and group shows in the U.S. Her work has appeared in Baltimore Magazine and The Palette Magazine. Kathryn grew up in Montreal, Iowa, and Philadelphia and lived in Wisconsin, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore before recently settling in Belfast, Maine.