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Kathryn St. Clair

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Veiled Trees, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 48" © courtesy the artist
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Odyssey, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 60" © courtesy the artist
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Pilgrimage, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24"x24"
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Flare, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24" X 24" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Bucolic, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24" X 24" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Sonorous, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 60" © courtesy the artist
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Abstract Wetlands, 2008 Oil on Canvas 36" X 36" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Still Water, 2008 Oil on Canvas 24" X 48" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Gossamer, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 36" © courtest the artist
20110110133118-4_after_the_rain
After the Rain, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 72 © courtest the artist
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Array, 2010 Oil on Canvas 24"x 48" © courtest the artist
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Cataract, 2014 Oil on Canvas 21" X 34" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Firmament and Passage, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 36" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Perish Light, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 48" © courtesy the artist
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Divergence, 2013 Oil on Wood 24" X 20" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Succession, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36" X 60" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Alluvial, 2014 Oil on Wood 20" X 16" © Kathryn St. Clair
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Anthropocene, 2015 Oil on Canvas 24" X 36" X 1.75" Inches © Kathryn St. Clair
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Gilgamesh, 2015 Oil on Canvas 24" X 48" X 1.75" Inches © Kathryn St. Clair
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Ether, 2014 Oil on Canvas 20" X 20" X 1" Inches © Kathryn St. Clair
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Ars Memoriae, 2015 Oil on Canvas 40" X 40" X 1.75" Inches © Kathryn St. Clair
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Anthropocene, 2015 Oil on Canvas 24" X 48" X 1.75" Inches © Kathryn St. Clair
20160916213427-antediluvian
Antediluvian, 2016 Oil on Canvas 24 X 36" © Kathryn St. Clair
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Long Beach
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Petaluma
Works in
Petaluma
Schools
University of Texas at Austin, 1993, BFA
Massachusetts College of Art, 1996, MFA
William J. Fulbright Fellowship, 1997
Representing galleries
Tags
landscape, abstract
Statement

I strive for a current relevance in my paintings amid a world of climate change, extreme weather, and fragile, vanishing ecosystems. The processes of “disturbance” and “succession” in nature, as well as art historical representations of the natural elements are things that influence my work.

The light is inextricably connected to the water, the land, and the atmosphere. These elements and the interconnected aspects of all living things have inspired me to create momentary, imagined, experienced, and idealized situations in my paintings. The fluid paint itself becomes a part of the landscape experience- the soil, the light, the sentiment- and it guides the forms that allude to the land.

I am drawn to how light shifts our perception of what surrounds us, creating a halo of soft diffusion or pockets of ambiguity. I am intrigued by patterns and distortions in landscapes- where images of what is "real" and what is "reflected" are set adrift or submerged in a nebulous space.

I’ve shifted from pure abstraction to more abstracted landscapes since moving further outside of the city. I draw inspiration from the local wetlands preserve in Sonoma County, though the work is mostly invented in my studio by recalling light and sensations.

I marvel at the mystery that exists in the shadows and the emergence of light from darkness. There is a journey that unfolds with each painting. My process has become a romantic exploration of drifting, pulling apart, converging, ascending, and descending.