With a cheerful choice of vibrant color and intricate patterns, I strive to bring a sense of joy to the viewer of my abstracts.
For artist Catherine Kirkland, each day is an opportunity to learn something new. She challenges herself to learn a new technique, explore a different palette or attempt a new subject with each painting she creates. Her current visual arts pursuits follow a 35+ year career as an art director, graphic designer and production manager in advertising and publishing. In 2013, she became active in the Kansas City Metro visual arts scene, and since then has mounted several solo shows locally and regionally, and has had her work recognized with awards in juried exhibits.
Ms. Kirkland works in several styles: a precise, hard-edged abstract style, as well as a highly detailed, neo-pointillism technique, using brushes and unconventional tools. In addition to abstracts, she paints landscapes and other subjects to keep things interesting. She is known for her cheerful, bright colors, but loves the challenge of painting in the muted earth tones of Zorn palette.
Her most recent project is a collaboration with Capoeira instructor Felipe "Negro" Roberson, who selected the artwork images for the Freedom Collection mug designs. A portion of the proceeds from these mug sales will be donated to the Stop Trafficking Project. This organization works to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) before it starts, by disrupting the exploitation of vulnerability.