Kathryn Mapes Turner2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Kathryn Mapes Turner's artwork has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From her family home at the Triangle X Ranch, Kathryn's consciousness of the natural world began. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of great beauty set her course. She began studying art in her teens from noted Jackson Hole painters. Her studies include the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. She now paints and exhibits internationally, but seems to always return to her beloved Wyoming landscapes. In her ever-evolving work, she paints contemplations of the beauty she finds in the natural world.
What artist inspires you? Why?
The tonalist painters have been a huge influence on my most recent work. I feel that artists like Thomas Dewing, Dwight William Tryon and John Henry Twatchman create images that transmit a great deal of emotion. They paint what the eye cannot see, but the heart can feel. I am, in turn, inspired to paint images that can express the passion that I have for the landscape.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
My ideas for images come from my love of beauty. Wherever I find that, I find material for paintings. The source can be from something I see, from a beautiful piece of music, from a memory, from a poem, or from a feeling. Beauty can be found everywhere.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
The out-of-doors. Careful observation of nature, even the simplest thing in nature, can provide a lifetime of inspiration.