Katherine Mead-von Huene

Woolwich, Maine
Education Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA 1971 - 72, 74 - 75 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 1976 Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1980 - 82 University of Maine Augusta 2009 - 13 Additional study Oil painting with William Ewing; Chadds Ford, PA 1981 Oil painting with Elizabeth Knox; Damariscotta, ME 1993 Residency at Great Spruce Head Island, Maine 2013 Group shows & galleries 1976 - present Centre Street Art Gallery, LLC; Bath, ME Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME River Arts, Damariscotta, ME Boothbay Region Art Foundation; Boothbay Harbor, ME Chocolate Church Center for the Arts; Bath, ME Peale House; Philadelphia, PA Delaware Art Museum: Wilmington, DE Andre Wauters Gallery; New York, NY EDS Episcopal Seminary; Cambridge, MA Private collections: New York, Delaware, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Maine, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Germany Artist’s statement As a child, drawing gave me an alternate world, to which I could escape and saturate in the things I loved. Although my family moved often, creating art became my constancy. My artistic mother encouraged me, providing lessons and materials. My subjects were usually invented. Later, art schools filled in the gaps as finances permitted, but I am mostly self-taught, working in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and graphite. While in Pennsylvania, I painted my surroundings: flowers and vegetables in the shared gardens, landscapes, and insects, usually zoomed in for a close perspective. The study of architecture expanded my interests to include the human constructions in our environment and also satisfied my love of detail. Maine has been home for 30 years. Shells (often broken), nature, & marine life provide inspiration. My most recent work emerged from my grandmother’s early 20th century photos. By enlarging these very small snapshots, details are revealed which bring her world into the present. Another recent series focused on still life with vintage needlework as a backdrop. The hand sewn designs reveal the amazing skills of women of past generations, besides being fun to look at. I never know in advance how a piece will unfold, so I let it have its own life and style.
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