Through a very good academic art training with excellent masters, my art died a terrible death. Upon graduating Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University, I had somehow lost all inspiration to paint anything other than furniture and walls. Art had become a pedantic exercise more related to philosophy than paint.
A yoga class revived me with some deep breathing and a reconnection to my own creative spirit. The new found sense of the body meeting the mind developed a deeper freedom that begged to be creative and pleaded to paint.
The concept of celebrating inner connections that in turn allow passion in life through art became linked to the natural world, the place where I could best breathe and meditate. Being in the presence of nature grounds me i and truly inspires the spirit of my work. Long walks in deserts, on mountains and beaches have become a process of absorption and unfurling. Finally the painting itself becomes the true celebration of spirit and art.
The wildness of the thistle has always appealed to me. Besides being the symbol of Scotland, the land of my grandmother, it is a flower that defends itself with great enthusiasm. I have much admiration for its strength and beauty.
Kathleen Barnes, Paintdiva
Art is my passport to a limitless journey. When I am not exploring my materials on a technical level, there is visual exploration before me. When that seems a bit thin, there is a deep calling from the realm of my imagination. Sometimes all three come together in a perfect storm. That storm, that combination of the real, the imagined and the very paint and canvas is what calls me daily, and I answer as much as I can.....