kathy cousart

Moving frequently as a Minister's child found me holding onto rich traditions that I loved along the way but always willing to weave in new experiences. I find that hold's true with my paintings today as I integrate rich traditional subjects with a fresh contemporary look that has an abstract edge to it. 

I paint almost everyday as it is like breathing to me. What interests and fascinates me the most is strong sunlight and the effect it has on color and value. That is more important to me that the actual subject. I am painting - it's all about capturing the light and shadow relationship on different subjects. While my subjects interest me the natural colors and intricate shapes of flowers hold a special place in my heart. I only paint flowers from life. Flowers painted in a vignette style with an abstract background has become signature style. 

Another love is painting "en plain air." Nothing better than painting barefoot on the beach as the ocean waves wash over your toes! Heaven! Those gorgeous landscapes speak to me as I am truly in awe of the natural beauty, as I try to capture those moments with marks and paint. Quietly drawn to the timeless ebb and flow of beautiful marshes and the rhythm of ocean waves rolling back and forth. There is peace about them that feeds my soul. Capturing my impressions with abstract washes of color and charcoal marks so that the painting takes me right back to that spot and moment in time.