Kathi Allen

Throughout the years I have always dabbled with art. As a teenager, I took art lessons from a very famous artist in Virginia. The paintings that I created were realistic and done in his style. I just didn’t resonate with that although it was fun, the work wasn’t saying “me”. Then after a visit with my cousin in Texas, she taught me macramé and we created belts, necklaces and other things. I majored in art in my college years but still no connection. My next “art foray” was into the arena of hand painted floor canvasses. I had a ball creating “art you can walk” on. I painted these for a number of years and participated in many art shows, mostly in the state of Florida.

 Art has always taken a back seat for me because it was necessary to have a “real” job. That’s when I stepped away from creating.  I always felt like something was missing, so after a couple of years, I ended up taking some on line art classes from a number of other artists. It wasn’t until I found the universe of mixed media painting that I found what really sang to me. I also found something much more important and that is “my” style. What a great feeling! I found my "whimsical" style and that was all it took for me to move forward. So many people have asked me "how do you know what you are going to create?" My answer is "I have no clue, the character somehow emerges, maybe an eye, a shape of the head... who knows??? It just organically happens luckily somehow.

 My paintings have so many layers – napkins, origami papers, sheet music, oil pastels, crayons, inks, stencils, stamps & tissue papers and more. If I could figure out how to get a kitchen sink in there, I would probably use that as well! Enjoy!

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