Featured Artist - Katherine Bird
Katherine Bird, longtime member of the Southern Oregon art community, has been chosen Artist of the Month at Gallery One at the Museum, 229 SW G Street, Grants Pass. Her artwork will be featured in the window, kiosk, and wall space in the Gallery throughout October. She also will be demonstrating her techniques at the Gallery Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the First Friday art walk.
Gallery One operates as a fine art and gift shop of the Grants Pass Museum of Art in the city’s historic district. Local artists provide all the hanging art, statuary and gift shop items. Everything is juried into the gallery and is of the highest quality available at reasonable prices.
Attached is an Artist Statement with additional information about Katherine Bird and jpeg files for these three examples of her work that will be on display.
Faces and Flowers
Faces . . . this is where it all began. It was difficult to express myself with the written word,
so I drew a face. I believe this was my true beginning of my walk with art. Like many walks in
art, mine also came across flowers—as expressive as faces.
My art pastime became a career after growing up in Southern California and then moving to
Southern Oregon over forty years ago. Besides college art education here, I have been
mentored and nurtured by an amazing group of artists, including Ruth Eckstein, Mel McLean,
Tommi Drake, and Pat Enos. I have also gained inspiration, techniques, and experience through
my circle of artist friends and groups.
Water media is my preferred choice to work with, and the last several years I’ve been using
Yupo paper, watercolor paper, and canvas.
I usually begin with a subject but not a plan. My faces take on characters I don’t recognize.
I recently read, “I paint what I see, what my eyes perceive and not necessarily what is really
there.” Very understandable to me!
I am proud to have been chosen as Artist of the Month for October at Gallery One. My work
will be featured at the gallery, next to the Grants Pass Museum of Art on historic G Street in
Grants Pass through October. The public is also invited to see me demonstrate my process at
Gallery One on First Friday, October 4 from 5:30 to 7:30.
My work is also on display at Artist & Gardener at 130 S. 3rd Street in Jacksonville, OR.