Beacon artist Kate Vikstrom is showing a selection of watercolor paintings at Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring, New York, beginning Sept. 16.
Vikstrom came to Beacon in 2012 after living many years in the Pacific Northwest — primarily in the coastal rainforest of Southeast Alaska, and for a few years on the Puget Sound in Washington state.
“My favorite watercolor teacher once said, ‘Travel and see one thousand mountains, then come home and paint mountains.’ ” Vikstrom doesn’t produce likenesses of exact locations. Instead, she depicts scenes she hopes will evoke recognition for any viewer of places or moments they have experienced. “The French Impressionists lit my artistic fires,” she states. “They were intent on conveying an ‘impression’ as opposed to exact details.” Several years ago Vikstrom lived for three months in Paris, where she explored their work first-hand.
Her artistic sense is also influenced by living in close connection with great bodies of water. “My favorite places are where water and sky seem to have no hard edges; where earth, water and air intermingle in the mists.” She explains that she chooses to work in watercolor because of the element of surprise. The artist must be willing to let go of control, taking a back-seat to the movement and caprice of paint in water.
(Actually, she settled on watercolor during the years when she had three babies and a home daycare; she could paint late at night and her piece would be dry by morning and safe from little fingers, unlike oil paints which can take days to dry.)
Enjoy a meal and a glass of wine surrounded by Vikstrom’s paintings at Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill, 91 Main St., Cold Spring, on view Sept. 16 through Jan. 11. All works are available for sale through M. Studio Gallery, 914-715-1913, which represents the artist during this exhibit. Visit katevikstrom.com to see Vikstrom’s watercolors, and also her collage, whimsical house portraits, and graphic design. While there, sample her soft jazz vocals and YouTube creations as well.
Vikstrom joined Philipstown.info in 2012 and works as the graphic designer and layout editor for The Paper.
Photos courtesy of the artist