Katie M. Westmoreland

Process
I paint the light and shadows that move through a place, in collaboration with the natural environment in time. I seek moments where the environment is dynamically transformed by light and then embody the feeling through materials and marks. I paint on semi-translucent, tinted fabric in colors chosen to match the atmospheric light of the place. The fabric, treated like a curtain, is both a veil and a surface – both sides are painted. I use photographic materials, such as cyanotype solution and liquid emulsion, so the artwork is responsive to the surrounding light. The painted image is influenced by the clouds in the sky that may momentarily obscure the sun, the rotation of the Earth that causes the shadows to shift and stretch, the breeze moving the leaves and the fabric, and the pace at which I see and trace each light or shadow shape.