About the Artist
Rhythm may be the most basic pattern in nature. As a former musician I’m fascinated to watch horses sprint in fields, light glitter on water, starlings turn and twist in flight. I’m inspired to capture the lyrical energy and rhythm of the natural world.
My interest in painting horses began with an exuberant connection between my 30 lb. dog and two 1200 lb. horses. The horses would shift from peaceful repose to full gallop in the space of seconds, which led me to paint the rhythmic movement of horses in different light and in different seasons.
In a new series that explores rhythm in nature I’m interested in the layering and veils of what is visible and not visible, how our eyes travel in and out of open layers as we look through a forest or a planted field, how we absorb or comprehend what we are seeing. Paintings in the 2016 Stable show were made in early spring, when beehives come alive and the stark contrast of tree branches against winter skies make way to early color in leaf and flowers buds.
I work in plein air and from imagination, with acrylic, oil stick, charcoal and watercolor, crisscrossing the border between realism and abstraction to express the feeling of a particular moment. Clarity appears, disappears, and reappears. I search for what I find moving and beautiful, get lost, keep going, make lot of marks, respond, edit, delete. Finally the forms emerge.
Originally from Montreal, Kathryn Shagas studied music for 16 years before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.S. She recently moved to Belfast from Baltimore, Maryland.