October 2020 Featured Artist: Kat Van Horn
Since I was a child, I have always enjoyed the potential of a blank canvas. Blank pieces of white paper were a source of excitement. In school, I thoroughly enjoyed art class, and eventually came to join every art club and event available. Due to the financial burden of continuing my education of art in college, I chose a new career. In 2006, I was working as a stylist in salons. There I felt I could express my creativity through a profession in beauty. My job fortunately entailed working with local artists, and through them I learned much of what I had missed in school. It was at this time that I found my affinity for acrylic paints and began using them in most of my pieces.
Like many artists, I fell victim to alcoholism. Unfortunately for me, my drinking did not encourage more artwork, but instead left me completely drained of creative energy. After many years and many attempts, in 2016, I met my husband and together we achieved sobriety. Since that time, I have come back to find my passion for art has blossomed into a desire for a career in the field. In 2018, I began showing my work at different festivals in my hometown of Oklahoma City. I have learned a lot through these events.
Currently, I find myself doing quite a bit of experimenting. Because I was not formally trained in art, I am learning new techniques and methods all the time. I believe my lack of classical training has kept me from developing a definitive style of art. I still love a blank canvas, and my favorite part of my paintings are the first strokes. Here I can test the results of what knowledge I have acquired and use them to inspire what will be the finished piece. My paintings have always been centered around beauty; what is pleasing to the eye. My work is very feminine, and I find the female body an extraordinary source of inspiration. Slowly I would like to begin painting more pertinent pieces, focusing on political and social issues, because I feel they are often not addressed in the art industry.
My journey of artistic expression has truly been a gift for me. It has often distracted me from the woes and weariness of the world. My paintings always have been said to be lighthearted, whimsical, and fantastical. This, I believe, is my escape from the ugliness that has pervaded our daily lives. Though I have sought (seemingly unconsciously) this kind of playful theme, I feel driven to use my colorful work to become more relevant to the everyday drama we often experience. As I continually learn and seek new methods, I also wish to explore more delicate subjects that are a bit darker, perhaps controversial. I hope you enjoy my work and continue watching as I grow everyday as an artist. I am just beginning, and I believe my work and I have much more room to grow.
Look forward to viewing Kat Van Horn's artwork in person in 2021 in the Orange Wall Art Gallery
Located in the basement of the Student Union at Oklahoma State University