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August Mind of the Artist: Kate McConnell

August 1, 2019

I am a visual artist, currently focused on contemporary landscape based painting.

My paintings are my diaries, my renderings of both my experiences in nature mixed with observations, precious and rich.

Inspired by the likes of Emily Carr, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lois Dod, Joan Eardly, Tom Thompson, Charles Burchfield, – to name a few! – I continue to work at interpretations which may be abstracted or more realistic, but all carrying the same notion, a suggestion of how I relate to our world, the passing of time, environmental degradation, and a changed climate.

Zahara Mountain Andalusia

Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area I moved to DC for a “year,” thirty-four years later, I am still here and always have been working in the arts.

I distinctly recall the first art catalog I pulled off the stacks from the library in the small western PA town where I grew up.The book was a compilation of contemporary art with a photo of a Calder sculpture on it’s cover. I fell in love with art then and never looked back.

Beech Forest Memory

I have been a Book Designer and Design Director for Time Life Books and Smithsonian Press, and for over a decade was an instructor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Painting and creating all the while.

Now, I am dedicated full time to my art practice, and this year my goal is to create a body of work compiled from years of various percolating ideas, and of course what comes spontaneously in the process.

Roots II

Find me outside or in my new studio space,
Back Track Studios @ Mt Rainier By-The-Tracks Wells Avenue Art complex.

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