Kathyrn Neubauer-Johns is a contemporary representational, pet portraitist and ornamentor who works with acrylics, oils, watercolor, pencil, pastels, mixed media and found discarded/disposable objects to create her large canvases and ornaments. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California Berkeley. After living in the San Francisco Bay area for 25 years she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she resided for 14 years. She now resides and maintains an art studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work is influenced by her Catholic upbringing, Joseph Albers, Henry Moore, Picasso, Mark Rothko, the minimalists, and various west coast artists from the 1970’s and early 80’s: Ray Saunders, Joan Brown, David Simpson, Richard Diebenkorn, Tom Holland, and Roy Deforest. She has exhibited in California, Omaha, Nebraska, and Prescott, Arizona. Her work can be found in private collections across the nation.
Kathyrn resides in Phoenix, Arizona and maintains an art studio open to the public located at 39506 N 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Commission work is available, please contact Kathyrn to discuss the possibilities.
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In preparation for a painting Kathyrn takes meaningful images from photographs of landscapes and atmospheres augmenting and enlarging portions of them as if they were being looked at under a microscope. Dreams of completed paintings; memories and obsessions in her life are processed before her stories come to life on the canvas. Objects such as metal, glass, wood, beads, weeds, flower petals, string, bubble wrap, magazine advertisements and custom paper are compulsively saved then secured or woven into the canvas. These objects of attraction become part of the reasoning and existential purpose behind the painting - the symbol of the obsession. While the canvas may appear desecrated the objects emerge for the surprise of it all - like the surprise on ones face as a gift is being opened. The artist often makes her acrylic paint from scratch thickening and thinning, offering the viewer a desire to taste or feel the painting to see if it is real.
The 4-inch glass ornaments she creates are one-of-a- kind abstractions, grandiose in their confined inner space appearing, at close range, larger then her average 5’ X 6’ paintings. A specialized process is used to insert the acrylic paint into the ornament before manipulation with special tools. Combinations of glass, foils, glitters and color enhancers may be added to give each fine art collectible their own identity.
When commissioned to paint a pet portrait Kathyrn takes photographs of the pet in their favorite setting. She then captures their personality in conjunction with their physique when painting the final portrait. Paintings start at $350.
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