BioKathleen Boldt lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where she has resided for over nine years.
She holds a BFA from the Maine College of Art and has studied drawing and painting extensively through her practical work as well as her role as Art Instructor.
From Drawing for the Complete and Utter Beginner at the Maine College of Art (photo: Sean Alonzo Harris)
CV1978 BFA, Maine College of Art
1962/63 New York University, Washington Square College of Arts and Science
1961/62 Colby Junior College, New London, NH
1999-present Instructor of Drawing, Maine College of Art, Continuing Studies
1999-present Insturctor of Drawing, Merrymeeting Adult Education, Topsham, ME
1987-present Private instructor, home studio. Classes in drawing, colored pencil, gouache painting, and design.
About My WorkDrawing excited me first as a means of understanding the world around me, on both the physical and spiritual levels. There is something in the ACT of seeing/drawing with absolute visual attention that yields both order and surprise. The delicate pattern moving in a leaf or in the growth pattern of a shell starts me on my way. The sensation of the act of drawing produces a feeling of deep inner connection to the natural world.
The precise beauty in a machine-made OR a hand made tool also inspires my examination. Thus, inventing still lifes (which I perceive as full of life) with plants, organic objects, and intriguing patterned fabrics, leads me into developing dynamic shapes and spaces, and then, most importantly, into building as wide a range of lights and darks as I can sustain. This seeing/drawing process is filled with the thrill of inspiration, the labor of looking hard, the making of lively marks, the challenge of things falling apart, and a pulling back together a sense of the whole, without belaboring the parts. It is both work and play. At it's finest, a deep sense of satisfaction and joy occurs, a transformation from the simplicity of pencil on paper.
Exhibitions2007 DRAWING SHOW, along with Fred Michel's GARDEN IMAGES
Couleur Collection, Falmouth, ME 2006 "THINGS SEEN...II" Red Brick House Brunswick, ME
2005 JURIED SHOW, MAINE ART GALLERY Wiscasset, ME
2004 JURIED SHOW, MAINE ART GALLERY Wiscasset, ME
2002 "THINGS SEEN...I", Gallery Framing Brunswick, ME
2000 "SANCTUARY" w/PETER BALS Gallery at 108 High Street, Portland, ME
1998 FEATURED ARTIST: CHASUBLES, Davidson and Daughters Portland, ME
1991 "CHASUBLES AND DRAWINGS", Thomas Memorial Library Cape Elizabeth, ME
1986 ALUMNI EXHIBIT, Portland School of Art Portland ME
Teaching Philosophy"From this [drawing] the treasure secretly gathered in your heart will become evident through your creative work." - Albrecht Durer
"Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul." - William Somerset Maugham
"Art, to me, is seeing. I think you have got to use your eyes as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work." - Andrew Wyeth
Classes are small (maximum of 6.) Directions/ instructions about supplies sent upon enrollment.