Kathy Blankley Roman
Kathy has been making art of one kind or another as far back as she can remember. With a background in calligraphy and illustration, her art took a new direction after her retirement in 2010, when she began studying expressive abstract painting with Steven Aimone and a year later, encaustic painting with Jenny Learner.
Since 2011 her paintings have been featured in juried and small group exhibits nationally and online and her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe. Kathy maintains a studio and lives in Chicago.
Words, experiences, sounds often have a profound effect on me. They get tucked away and become the source, the reservoir I draw from when I create. The essence of these feelings appears and morphs through the layers of my paintings, marks appearing intuitively as I go. It is all about being in the moment, the process and the physical act of creating: becoming the brush, the visceral feeling of engaging the surface, the discovery, the evolution of the painting as it changes; then to find the delicate balance between intuition and intention to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion.