Magic is at the heart of Katina Desmond's art. Her images are mysterious, mesmerizing, and point to metaphorical dimensions beyond the surface.
Her work reveals an inherent affinity for complex urban and natural environments while exploring transcendent themes of time, place and memory.
Desmond utilizes a variety of techniques and media including photography, painting, collage and photomontage. She combines unique design with strong composition, and the viewer can sense the influence that surrealists and abstract artists such as Man Ray, Max Ernst and Kandinsky have had on her work. Desmond shares their uncanny ability to enliven the inanimate and to create a feeling of enchantment out of the ordinary.
Katina was raised in rural Topanga Canyon, California, where her art education began at a very young age. Her parents were both professional artists, and daily household activities inevitably warranted greater attention to skillful creation of artistic vision rather than to mundane domestic chores. The natural environment and isolated atmosphere of her home in the Santa Monica Mountains supported the further development of Katina’s formative artistic imagination and sensibility.
While nature remains a constant and profound influence in Desmond’s work, she reveals an inherent affinity for the complex urban environments found in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. Extensive travels throughout Europe and India have also informed her work with a diverse range of cultural iconography and experience.
Katina Desmond's work is included in numerous public, private and international collections. Desmond studied fine art, photography and graphic design at Otis Art Institute and Santa Monica College. She is a founding member of 4260 Black & White Photographers Guild, and an artist member of Los Angeles Art Association and Pasadena Society of Artists.