“I developed this technique specifically to capture and emphasize the flowing nature of watercolor. Combining layers of watercolor and wax is unexpected,” ~Kay Stratman
Kay Stratman’s star is on the rise. Quietly experimenting with new techniques and compositions, the artist will introduce her new work to the public on Friday, July 7th, at the Art Association Gallery in Jackson’s Center for the Arts. An Opening Reception for her “Natural Abstractions (watercolor + wax)” takes place that evening, 5-8:00 pm. Additionally, Stratman plans a gallery talk on Thursday, July 20th, at 6:00 pm. The talk coincides with that evening’s Art Walk.
Stratman’s technique and style are immediately recognizable; she’s worked to create art via methods that aren’t, she says, used by other artists she has known. But, even when she is working in her more “traditional” way, her art strikes a chord. At the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s recent outdoor painting event, Stratman’s painting stood out as exceptionally beautiful. A calm, liquid profile of an elk bugling against the backdrop of the Tetons caught the crowd’s attention.
Stratman keeps moving forward with her art. “I developed this technique specifically to capture and emphasize the flowing nature of watercolor. Combining layers of watercolor and wax is unexpected,” says Stratman. “Add this to my non-traditional approach to composition, and I feel I have created something a bit different than the norm.”
Who are her influences? You might be surprised to learn that the first she lists is Van Gogh. And a modern Chinese artist con-man.
“Van Gogh painted beautiful scenes, his brushwork and colors conveyed energy, he eliminated the unnecessary. Monet, for paintings of beauty and nature, AND because he was successful. Hiroshige (Japanese woodblocks) for his elegance and graphic style, and Chang Dai-chien for his unparalleled mastery of brushstrokes, BUT he was an arrogant con man (a very successful master forger of Chinese antiquity paintings) which is less than admirable, though quite intriguing,” writes Stratman.
This is my alter ego, and I am ready to introduce it to the public.
She is diligent and she’s a researcher. An encaustic workshop taken a few years ago with Daniella Woolf hooked Stratman. The material enhanced her paint colors, and she played with ideas for years. Daniella and Stratman dreamed up a team teaching approach to include her splash and pour technique as an additional background the students in the class might be able to use with Daniella’s techniques and ideas.
“It has just evolved from there,” Stratman relates. “Splash and pour” on absorbent, wrinkly rice paper, created such beautiful texture and abstract color that I developed a way to layer these papers with translucent beeswax, and discovered that they were in fact abstract interpretations of colors and textures in the nature I love so much.
I absolutely don’t intend to abandon the contemporary realism people know me for with my watercolors. But artists play around and sometimes an alter ego is born. This is my alter ego, and I am ready to introduce it to the public.” www.kaystratman.com http://www.kaystratman.com/category/videos/
The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters begin arriving in Jackson Hole on July 5th, for 2017’s “Plein Air for the Park!” A big profile on that show next on the Jackson Hole Art Blog! The 10-day event includes an “Artists in the Environment” Saturday at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park.
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