Katherine W. Troyer is a contemporary realist painter. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, her authentic voice ascribes to her early rearing with a sensitivity towards history and the arts. From a very young age, drawing and painting were a cultivated extension of an unaffected response to the natural world. Explorations progressed through local museums, community centers and Cornish summer programs.
Jesuit education at Seattle University expanded her philosophical and artistic muse. Undergraduate and post-graduate coursework included art history and painting with Pacific Northwest artist’s Val Laigo and Nick Damascus. While raising a family of four successful children, Katherine continued to pursue her passion through local artist collectives, museums, senior centers and artist studio workshops. During studies with Cary Juriaans in 2007, she was introduced to Tenaya Sims where classical studies progressed for two years in his atelier at Fall City Fine Arts. In 2009 Kathy had the opportunity to study and copy the masters of the Italian Renaissance for seven weeks with Juliette Aristides Drawing Workshop in Florence, followed by independent study in Paris. Upon her return home, she immersed herself for the next three years in the study of human anatomy, figure, portrait drawing and painting under the direction of Tenaya Sims at Georgetown Atelier. Additionally, Katherine studied anatomy and ecorché with Matt Buckner and Geoff Flack at Seattle Sculpture Atelier, along with four consecutive summer workshops with Michael Grimaldi from Janus Collaborative School of Art.
In November of 2012, Katherine was invited and became a signature member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, established in 1928. Inspired by the American Realist tradition, she continues working to refine her craft. The journey proceeds among the rich, talented tradition and collective of Pacific Northwest painters in Washington State.
Artist website: http://katherinetroyer.com
How and when did you first become interested in painting?
As a child, I noticed the infinitesimal in nature and tried to draw or paint what I experienced. Raising a family, often my personal escapes were with a paintbrush and canvas, painting my surroundings to celebrate, release or record a moment. Was always more comfortable with a paintbrush, pastel or charcoal rather than a pen.
Who or what has been your greatest source of inspiration?
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
How would you describe your aesthetic style?
I am drawn to narratives of the past and the natural of the present, connecting with the mystery felt in that breathless exchange. Love worn out old objects that reek of immutability and care.
What are your favorite museums?
I am a pronounced museum junkie, so this is a challenging one to answer. I love the Isabella Stewart Gardener & Peabody in Boston, Getty in LA, Pietro Annigoni & Uffizi in Florence, Rodin, D’Orsay and Louvre in Paris, Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Met and Fricke in New York and of course our own local museums. Wherever I travel, museums are my first priority no matter how small or celebrated.
If you could own any work of art, which would it be?
Pietro Annigoni’s, St. Joseph the Worker in Basilica, St. Laurence, Florence, Italy. I felt the intense and loving relationship of Father and son so tenderly rendered.
Any insider tips for aspiring artists?
To thine own self be true! Polonius:Shakespeare
What prompted you to join PSG?
An invite from Cary Jurriaans prompted my research into the Group. Years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Guy Anderson’s home and studio in the Skagit Valley. My Aunt had a Kenneth Callahan painting and I used to spend hours sitting in the stairwell of the old MOHAI building exploring the industry murals by Callahan. My roots are in the Pacific Northwest and my artist experiences and sense of larger community seemed aligned with the PSG.
Any upcoming projects you would like to share?
At the moment I am working with the gifts of each season. Peonies are my latest exploration, including found ancient objets d’art in my paintings. Have always been drawn to capturing the beauty of life in all its forms and personal narratives.