Stormy Sky over the Courthouse
Oil on Canvas
16 x 12
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16
Trail of Morning Glories
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16
ARTFILLED YOUTH: The opportunity to live the life wished for in childhood is one not many people are privileged to enjoy. Painting is the only occupation that ever appealed to Kathy throughout her life. As a child, she was caught drawing pictures on the household walls. Instead of being punished, her native talent was encouraged (although “not on the walls, please”) with art lessons. By the time she was a teenager, she was painting. She later studied art at Lon Morris College under Shirley Matthews, learning form and technique and finding her own style in the process.
EARLY LOSS: When Kathy was age 5, the family suffered the loss of her 10-year-old brother in a drowning accident. This altered her family dynamic forever, as one would expect. She later found, not an escape, but an emotional focus in her art... a way to deal with the roiling emotions by creating what were generally peaceful scenes and portraits. The encouragement and praise she received for her talent also boosted her self-esteem, sorely needed by any teen struggling to find their identity.
CONFIDENCE CAME LATER: Set up on a “first date/ prom date” by friend, Nancy, with a relatively out there bad boy, she met the young man who fell in love with her and she with him. They went off to Lon Morris College together and married after their sophomore year in 1979. John is her biggest fan and an avid supporter of her work, encouraging her to continue her artistic journey. Although she had a brief period during which she allowed job and family to put her painting on a back burner, the itch in the back of her soul couldn’t be denied for long. And out came the easel, to the delight of everyone who knew her.
Kathy was ever somewhat shy and unassured when dealing with the public, and this lack of confidence showed in her early works. But having a constant positive voice beside her and frequent praise of her abilities by those she encountered inexorably led to a rise in self-confidence and a better self-appreciation of her paintings. This new confidence, again, is reflected in her art which became bolder and more self-assured.
WORKS: Kathy has always been a big fan of both landscapes and portraits, two very different sorts of painting. In her landscapes, she straddles the line between realism and “mild impressionism”, creating a pleasing fusion of form and color and depth. Trees and flowers and architectural features blend to create a vignette of the world around her. In her portraits, which are mostly commissioned works, she looks to the emotional content as well as the absolute image of the subject; each portrait becoming a snapshot of the outward and inward nature of the subject. Recently she has been commissioned to do a unique series of portraits based on characters from the 1960s-70s TV gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows”, Barnabas Collins, Angelique Bouchard, and Quentin Collins, using a combination of still shots of the characters and the actors playing them. “It’s a nice challenge and a delicate balancing act, pleasing the client while staying true to my aesthetic.”
FUTURE: Kathy Lamb, having created art almost her entire life, is still growing... still developing her style and execution. She has been delightedly exploring new subjects and new techniques. In 2020, she was able to have her first solo showing featuring original oils and prints. In 2021, she was exceedingly pleased to be invited into the Gallery at the Redlands where her art shares space with other talented artists, each with their own unique style.