Painting is always a paradox – a flat representation of a three-dimensional world, an image of something but only paint on canvas. It can be physical and real and abstract all at once. A painting has to come to terms with everything the artist has experienced, everything suffered, enjoyed, felt, and understood. It has to have that kind of complexity.
A night school class in drawing changed Kathleen Craig’s entire outlook on art. The type of person who yawned her way through a museum, Kathleen never considered pursuing art on her own, nor did she see herself as particularly artistic. But one evening in Baltimore, where Kathleen worked full-time as an editor, she attended a class that resulted in magic. The teacher armed her with vine charcoal, a chamois, and some big sheets of newsprint, and gave the class a couple of pointers about drawing what you actually see, rather than what you know is there. At the end of the session, Kathleen was thrilled to see she had made something that actually looked like a table. It was fun, too. She decided she wanted to keep on doing this.
Self-trained, Kathleen describes herself as an abstract realist painter. She is originally from New Jersey, but now lives and works in Virginia. She has taken classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Piedmont Virginia Community College.