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The Next Step_72x48_oil on canvas_2013
“The Next Step”, 2013, oil on canvas, 72″x 48″

Kathy Liao is an artist recently extracted from Seattle to life of teaching and painting in St. Joseph, MO, a small town about an hour north of Kansas City.  She kindly agreed to answer some questions about her work for us, and tells us about her recent experiences living and looking at her new home.  Kathy makes the kind of paintings, prints and drawings where generosity, curiosity and her own painterly energy are the big statement the work makes.  The kind of work where the artist is being true to something–something she or he maybe can’t quite name exactly, all of the time–and that in the end articulates a thoughtful but idiosyncratic way of being-in-the-world.  The kind of work that reminds us that deciding what to paint and how to paint is always a statement of priorities–or really values–and when the work reveals a struggle to make those decisions, we’re privy to the artist’s internal struggles, not just her technical ones.  More of her work can be seen on her website.

First question: Many of us don’t grow up with art as part of our daily life, especially many of us away from the coasts and our routes into the fine arts are circuitous.  Was that your experience?  How and when did you say, ‘I’m going to do this?’

I grew up in a family of doctors. I was not exposed to much art as a child. Both of my parents were dentists – The most artistic objects my parents presented to me were dentures, wax, and mold of strangers’ teeth. (more…)


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