KJE artist statement My soul speaks when I create. Pain and frustration, joy and pleasure appear from within the paper or canvas. At times the scene is created in a flow that is hard to describe and is most successful when it continues with my help. Artists have to create when the mood strikes them and I certainly have found that happen with my more successful work. Traditionally trained I have found that there is more energy when one experiments and tries a different approach. What is pleasing to the eye and the soul is a success. Color and texture often express that energy. Redoing or painting over offers pleasant surprises and can develop into fantastic piece. Trying new approaches enhance the artistry within.
A resident of North Carolina since 2002, Katherine renewed her art after putting it aside for a number of years. She renewed her interest in life study groups and began transferring her extensive travel experiences into impressionistic landscapes. Her work takes a simple approach with color and powerful stokes dominating. Recent paintings focused on her spirituality/energy work. Understanding that the human experience is temporary you may see some of her personal beliefs extend to her art. Humanity in its many forms is interpreted in her recent works. Her hope is that her views and art will connect and, in some cases, cause you to think deeply.
She has a BFA from Syracuse University. Her illustration major took her to NYC where she worked at Harper’s Bazaar. From there she became Art Director at Gimbel’s and taught at the Philadelphia Art Institute. Another position at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh followed her family’s move there. Studies at Arrowmont under Nancy Dillon further enhanced her skills. She ran a figure drawing workshop at the Oak Island Art Guild. Her work has been locally displayed in the Franklin Gallery in Southport, WHQR studios and at the ArtWorks in Wilmington, NC. and Marshalls Little Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC.Contact information for Katherine Engle:
|“Clear light” |
|“Joy of Color”
|“Lost in a Sea of Uncertainty”
|“Stormy Beach Day”