We simply love making introductions, so what a pleasure it is to make this very special introduction. Everyone a round of applause please as we welcome the latest member of the Well + Wonder Collective, Katherine Freeman! A Lafeyette, Louisiana native Katherine's days are spent in her home studio creating the most beautiful mixed media paintings. Taking a page out of the impressionist master Mastise's book Katherine strives to paint works that are "so serenely beautiful that when one comes upon them, suddenly all problems subside." Soft yet detailed; gentle yet spirited, Katherine finds her inspiration in the colors and textures used in interior design to influence her work and help her to create a style that is very much her own. Her use of soft muted hues contrasting with her gestural brushstrokes provides a space for the viewer to pause while remaining visually interesting. In a world that is seemingly becoming crazier by the minute, these moments of peace found in Katherine's work are ever increasingly appreciated. What a pleasure it is to have these small moments of peace, found in Katherine's work, now represented in the collection. As we do with all of our new artist's we sat down with Katherine on the eve of her Well + Wonder debut to learn a little bit more about what makes her "tick." She was such a sport and answered our all of our rapid-fire questions. In welcoming Katherine into the Well + Wonder fold, take a moment to read all about her in our interview Pardon Me, Katherine Freeman?
What is currently on your nightstand?
Coffee, tulips and my kindle. I love a good book or reading my morning devotional from my kindle.
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
My family. My husband has been so supportive of my career as an artist and my kids are hands down the most inspiring and motivating tiny humans I have ever known. I love the way that my 3 year old is unapologetically herself and so passionate about all things pink and girlie.
There are many artist though that I would say have contributed to my overall development and style as an artist - Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Georgia o’keeffe just to name a few.
Tell us about your childhood. What is the most memorable moment as a young person?
I grew up in Marietta, GA and I have one older sister. My family was always very encouraging to pursue my artistic and design abilities. One of my first memories as a child being interested in art and design was always rearranging my room. I would move my bed and my side tables around constantly to give my room a little refresh. I have always been passionate about art and interiors since I can remember.
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
For me it would be oil pastels. I love the movement and texture that they can instantly add to a painting.
What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
My living room. It’s light, bight and airy - the perfect place to store my work. Every time I think I am finished with a painting, I hang it on the walls in my living room and that tells me if it is complete or not. I love how neutral the space is and how my art adds immediate interest and dimension to the space.
What is your biggest score online?
I recently purchased a pair of shoes that I have been eyeing - I am a sucker for a cute sneaker!
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?
Art is very personal and I think that when you are buying from a collective it helps you to make the perfect selection. Whether you know the artist or not you are purchasing from a thoughtfully curated collection which helps you to build more a connection with the artist.
Start small and if its a paper piece then frame it with a large mat and if its a canvas, then place it on an easel! Small art can still make a big statement!
If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?
The MET in New York! Just got back from a little trip there and am blown away by the artist, colors, and size of this museum every time I go! I feel so inspired when I walk through those doors.
If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why?
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. Hands down!
I can never get on a plane without….
I would of use to say my iPad with a good show, but at the current moment I would say my child’s iPad, lots of snacks and a bottle for the baby. If the kids are content I would call it a successful flight.
How did you get into the world of art?
I was always creative growing up, constantly drawing and painting but I think I really feel in love with the idea of pursuing a career in art when I was in college. I was a studio art minor with a focus in painting and that it where I really was challenged to create and dive into my own style.
What do you do to relax?
I would say throwing in my AirPods, listening to a good podcast and going for a jog. I also am a huge fan of Pure Barre. Don’t get me wrong though I am always down for a good happy hour with some great company too! I always feel relaxed when I spend time with people that I love.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
I love traveling to new places. Being on vacation and really stepping away from the studio while taking in my surroundings is so inspiring to me.
Prediction for the Color of 2021?
Hopefully it’s blue.
What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?
Reservations at a yummy sushi place - a glass of wine and laughing all night.
Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.
Are you surprised that it has blue in it? It was called “Romas Gin Fizz” and it is the first piece that I ever turned into a print. It has movement, color, lines and texture while also having enough space that makes the piece feel light and airy. I love an airy painting with an unexpected pop of color - this accomplished just that for me.
One piece of advice for buying original art?
Buy the art! Buy it because you love it and it makes you really feel something! It doesn't need to match your sofa and you don't need to have the perfect place for it, you will find a place for it if you really love it.