The mystery of Mother Nature, the cosmos and human nature have fascinated Katherine since she was a young. Over the years she has explored many mediums to represent them and their intertwining relationships. One of her favorite mediums to express these relationships is egg tempera. It happened when she walked into a classroom redolent with the smell of incense, musical chant, and the presence an elderly, bearded, Russian gentleman who spoke very little English that she felt a medium would do justice to her vision of the mystery in the universe. That first class dove her headfirst into the ancient technique of egg tempera and iconography which for centuries has been taught from master to student.
It is the physicalness of the painting processes (grinding ‘soil’, semi-precious stones, plant materials, breathing on clay for gilding, etc.) that connects Katherine to Mother Nature and the earth while the iconic artistic style of opaque, translucent, and transparent layers of paint combined with the spiritual contemplation of ‘writing’ icons helps her to translate the language of the mystical cosmos and human nature into the visible world of color, shape, and symbols.
In addition to personal and commissioned work Katherine loves to teach people from all backgrounds the technique of egg tempera.