Kathleen Rhee - Paintings and Art
Kathleen Rhee

Kathleen Rhee

Gold Coast, Australia

"Contemporary Australian Artist"
Art comes naturally to me. The urge to paint and create never leaves me. I don’t know how I could do anything else even if I tried.  The love of art was instilled in me as a child. Growing up I was exposed to my fathers design and illustration work. I was extremely lucky to then go onto study art in one of the world most prestigious art schools, Parsons School of Design New York.
Painting is definitely expressing my true nature. One of my main inspirations comes from my deep connection to nature, it brings me peace and tranquillity that is always present and driving my work. I mostly paint with acrylic on canvas and paper. My process is a combination of colour staining, sketching, painting with a with a brush and then applying water to soften, blend, layer and splatter. Sometimes it happens immediately, or sometimes it takes a few layers before I feel the work is done. I like both results, a one layer process has a very crisp special quality but the layered work has texture, a feel of age and history.
I aspire to bring calm and peace to peoples lives with my work. The world can be a hard, stressful place and our surroundings can make a difference. We spend so much time indoors I believe having art we love to look and have a connection to can make a big difference, influencing our mood and bringing happiness.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Motivation to paint comes from my surrounding environment.“I find it a continual source for my creative process, I transfer all my observations, feelings and colour into each painting”. As much as I go outward to seek inspiration I also listen to my inner self, letting her emotions guide her.“It’s just always with me, continually in my mind and being, for me it is an unconscious process.I let intuition take over, let the paintings come to life on their own, sometimes it happens immediately, or sometimes it takes a few layers before the painting tells me it’s done”."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"“Created intuitively I want my paintings to gently transport the viewer to a place of meditative calm and experience a pure radiating energy”."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"Mindful not to use materials that are toxic to the environment or myrself, I work with acrylic and large canvases. Acrylic is my favourite due to the fast-drying qualities of the paint and it’s playfulness“for layering and texture”."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"“I love the freedom of creating and expressing myself through painting and making a living from it. I love that people appreciate my work to buy it and live with it in their homes on a daily basis”. My relationship with art is built on respect and pure admiration, it is a necessity for everyone to have in their life, “we cannot live without it”."
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What makes a space special?

"My paintings are mostly in private homes and professional offices. In both spaces people spend a lot of time in so I believe well designed interiors are a must. Focusing on soft, calm, nuturing colours form nature with one large art work to connect with is a must."
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What’s unique about your work?

"My style has an atmospheric, powerful, mesmerising touch that I achieve by using subtle colour and depth “my artwork is an honest inner reflection of my feelings and representation of the gentle beauty in my surroundings”."
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