We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Maher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I don’t judge my own art. Loving or hating a piece will cause either stagnation of style or inability to produce. Every time I finish a painting, I say out loud, “I’ll get it next time” and move on to the next.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I dance while I paint. It’s a kind of hypnotic trance flow state that I have absolutely no control over. Reference photos are used with permission for inspiration, layout is chosen and something takes over. I call my painting style Fractured, broken down into basic geometric shapes which are broken again to produce a vibration of color and line that mimics movement and life. Because energy is all there is. It’s true that painters are never painting what they see, they are painting how they feel about it. If you can feel joy, or love or playfulness around what you are doing, it will be successful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One big reason anyone comes to Salida Colorado is for everything that surrounds the city. It’s an absolute paradise for outdoor adventure. Mountain biking and backpacking are my play of choice.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Carl Ortman. An artist/gallery owner in Salida Colorado who thought me how to oil paint. He showed me how this industry worked and let me be a part of his gallery before pushing me to open my own.
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