March 2017: Faith Gaillot and Katharine Owens

Faith Gaillot

Using methods and a style that are uniquely my own with a .05 Micron archival pen, I taught myself how to create drawings that have impressed viewers with the detail of the subject. The medium is challenging, not the subject, since it cannot be erased, once applied unless very, very light. This requires me to camouflage the mistakes or redo the drawing as many times as needed, until the desired results are achieved. Depending on the angle of the pen determines the size and width of the lines. With self-determination I was able to meet its challenges and have been awarded for it.

Katharine Owens

What makes Katharine’s art truly unique is that it is all created from paper. She loves the look, texture, feel and even the smell of paper, all kinds of paper! From tissue to 4-ply ragboard, Katharine loves it. While she loves the look, texture, feel and smell of paper; her two Ragdoll kitties like to eat it, so she has to keep a pet gate at the entrance of her studio. Sir Cedric and Lord Zachary are only allowed in the studio when she is there to give parental supervision.

Katharine loves paper so much that the art supply store finally took pity on her and ordered a commercial paper display rack so she could store all the papers she owns, in plain sight. She keeps 100’s of papers on hand at all times. No kitty, no! When she is not supervising the kitties, Katharine experiences “art joy” felt as a creative surge from deep within her heart. It comes bursting forth, smashing through perceived personal limitations and received as a gracious Gift from the Universe. Sharing such a personal joy requires courage and a willingness to disclose herself to others, after all, it has been said that all art is a personal portrait of the artist.

The heart of Katharine is filled with joy, expressing itself in service to others who seek to look beyond the obvious. Her fondest wish is that in viewing her art, her patrons will see the metaphors and look deeply within themselves, beyond the obvious, to recognize their courage and willingness to disclose their own joyful hearts.