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MEET MARY KATHRYN WOODWARD | DECEMBER 2023 ART EXHIBIT

MARY KATHRYN WOODWARD

Tell us about your most recent collection.  
Fields, Flowers and Streams...

What, if anything, would you like people to know about your latest works?
I think my paintings are a reflection of how I see the world and create and express myself through color. I had the opportunity to travel a fair amount this past year. It really energized me to take some of that beauty and stimuli and start creating and painting.

How would you describe your art to first-time viewers?
Colorful, textural, reflective.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Curious, moved by nature and surroundings, expressive through color.

Is there one style of art that you haven't done, but would love to try one day?
I will probably try more figurative art in the future. Also, I am very interested in experimenting with learning cold wax technique.

Which piece in this collection was the most fun to complete? 
The barns.

On a scale from 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?
10.

Describe yourself in a hashtag.
#colorful #curious

What is one thing we would never guess about you?
I am ALWAYS up for an adventure. I don’t sit still for too long.

If money were no object, how would you spend your time?  
I would spend time visiting my children, traveling to new places and kayaking.

Which mediums do you prefer and why?
Oil because it is has a very luxurious, rich sheen and Acrylic because for some reason, I just seem to have more fun when I paint with acrylics.

Besides painting, what are some other activities you enjoy?
Whitewater kayaking, doing crossword puzzles, traveling, spending time on the water, gardening, walking, reading, going to hear live music and concerts, entertaining, playing pickleball.

If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
I have a piano and used to play. I have really let that lapse as I have gotten busy with other things, but should probably pick it back up. It always made me happy.

What's the most random skill you have?
Solving crossword puzzles pretty quickly.

What's something you can't do, but wish you could?
Sing.

What's one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A cup of coffee. I am one of those people who starts getting excited about my first cup of coffee before I go to sleep at night!

Dream country to visit?  
Italy and Croatia are my next trips later this Spring!

Vintage or new?
Vintage.

Summer or winter?
Summer. Isn’t that everyone’s choice?

Do you have pieces of art in your home that are favorites of yours?
I have an abstract watercolor I picked up in Soho, New York about 20 years ago that I still love as much today as I did then.

What's one thing that you always have with you?
Lipstick.

Who's your style icon? 
Maybe Grace Kelly or Jackie Kennedy - I love classic style, but also think they were colorful, ladylike and glamorous at the same time.

What's one thing you are unbeatable at?
Maybe Scrabble? Although I have a competitive nature, unfortunately, I am beatable at most things.

Are you a shoe or handbag gal?
Shoes. I can never find the perfect handbag, but I can always find shoes, too many shoes.

What's something you are most proud of?
My children Lillibet, Holden and Kate, hands down.

What's your favorite snack food?  
Buttered Popcorn. I wish it was something like walnuts.

What's one ingredient you put in everything?
Sadly salt.

When you feel stuck creatively, what do you do?
Keep starting new paintings and commit to putting layers down. I know I am building information on the canvas that will ultimately be useful.

What's your favorite way to relax?
Time on the water and listening to audiobooks.

What are some things that inspire you to start creating a new piece?
Nature - water, fields, flowers, mountains. Lately, barns.

What's one thing on your bucket list?
On my immediate bucket list I am planning to travel to Croatia and Italy. But I want to learn how to sail in the near future.

If you could own any work of art in existence, which one would it be?
Anything by Peter Doig or Nell Blaine!

What's heavily played on your music playlist right now?
Jason Isbell, Queen, Rolling Stones, Greensky Bluegrass.

What's a dessert you don't like?
That’s an impossible question. Possibly fruitcake.

If you could live in another historical period, would you? If so, which one?  
I do admire the fashion and architecture of the Regency Period, although I don’t think I want to trade any of my modern comforts...

What's your favorite emoji?
Cartwheeling girl 🤸

What's your favorite smell?
Orange blossom.

A genie grants you the ability to have infinite amounts of one item. What is it?
More time with my children.

Do you have a favorite color and a least favorite color?
Favorites - aqua, pink, navy Least - Brown.

Which movie/tv show/book do you wish you could experience again for the first time?
Love Actually, Ted Lasso, Demon Copperhead.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a native of Richmond, I have spent most of my life soaking up Virginia’s ever-changing landscapes, flowers and waters. But probably my stint in NYC working for Ralph Lauren was the initial fodder for developing my love of color and textures as well as for sparking my creativity. After more than 20 years of painting, I think really it’s just an unabashed love of both color and my natural surroundings that inspire me to paint. Most often, my paintings are created with a palette knife and brush. Using a variety of media, I try to develop a strong contrast of vibrant, saturated colors, often in layers and with a variety of textures. Through my choices in color palette, I attempt to bring my paintings a voice that is both reflective and appealing.

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