As most of you know, my wife Kathy has a hidden talent which she discovered almost exactly 2 years ago. She took a 4 month hiatus last summer to care for her mother so she truly has less than 2 years’ experience yet her work is now approaching national if not international quality. Below (attached) is her latest work. “Viola” is a friend of Spanish descent who is now 84 years old and the “character” to prove it. If you can, please enlarge the image to see the intricate detail Kathy has captured.
The plan now is for this work to be entered into two national and international pastel competitions. She will be competing with “Masters” of the medium on their turf and not as a “student.” Kathy won a “3rd in show” earlier this year in the Austin Pastel Society with a pet portrait of “Ari” after only 7 months of practice, this against many professional full time and longtime artists. I wrote to you earlier this year and wondered where she might be in 2 or 3 years’ time, I guess I now know!
I must say that when she first told me she was going to an art class two years ago, I figured “oh great, when she comes home I’ll have to say ‘that’s beautiful honey’…” no matter what it looked like. Her progression is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in any sport, intellectual endeavor, music or art EVER! I am amazed with each new piece she does and I now chuckle as she says, “I’m not sure I can do this one” before starting each piece. The absolute most amazing thing is she has only thrown one piece out before finishing because it was above her pay grade at the time. She tried to do the Ka’anapali coastline with only 3 months experience at “yours truly’s” urging. Anyone who has painted before knows that “never” throwing out a work in progress is almost an impossibility.
All I can say is that I couldn’t be more proud of a child who qualified for the Olympics! I am so lucky to have such a beautiful and talented wife who paints in the style of realism. After reading my work for all this time, can you imagine what my marriage would be like if Kathy painted some sort of impressionist or worse, abstract art? I have always said “it is what it is” and that is exactly how she paints …how cool! I hope you enjoy and appreciate Kathy’s latest work.