Katherine Pippin Pauley - Multiple Media
I believe that everyone who enjoys beauty is an artist. We may have to search to find our medium—it might be a canvas, a song, an algebraic equation, a garden, a poem or prose, a gourmet meal—whatever we decide to create. Over the years I have tried many mediums and have found a niche in mixed media. I am happiest when playing with a variety of artistic materials.
My formal art education is limited to workshops and online classes since I made the decision to become an artist following a 33-year career in education. I was a history and English major in college. So my art often tells a story and has several levels of meaning.
I joined the Prairie Art Alliance in 1997 before I retired from teaching because I knew that this was what I wanted to do during my retirement years. At that time, I was creating small sculpted figures which I called “Character Creations.” This was one of my small art and craft businesses that I worked on during the weekends and summers. Art became my therapy and still keeps me grounded. I retired in 2004 and started trying more types of art starting with collage.
I have had some success with my artistic endeavors winning Best in Show for My Backyard Sculpture show at the PAA and at the Chatham Library Show in 2014 and 2015. I have been published in Incite3: The Art of Storytelling (The Best of Mixed Media),2015, Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew (The Best of Mixed Media,2016, and Acrylicworks 6 The Best of Acrylic Painting –Creative Energy,2019.
I think that art is vital to our health and well-being, both in the creating process and in the enjoyment of others’ creations.