Kathryn Gordon - Artist
is a multi-disciplinary visual artist living in the Pacific Northwest
of the United States. She has a long and abiding love of megalithic cultures and
sites brought about by her lifelong passions in history, language, art, and
research into the fields of archaeology, anthropology and mythology.
She makes regular pilgrimages to the ancient landscapes in the Ireland,
England, Scotland and further afield, to ‘be on the ground’ with these fantastic monuments
and experience them in-situ. Her favourites of these enigmatic prehistoric stone
sites, sometimes themselves no more than a few inches high, impart diverse
feelings and are deeply moving, The remote landscapes in which many of these
ancient works are found also can hold healing or spiritual peace. These emotions
are in part what she hopes to convey with her art.
Kathryn paints intuitively, building layers of colour, conjuring the spirit of
place and connexion from her subjects. Uninhibited by the need to fully
represent reality she allows each site and subject to speak to her and her brush
in the creation of the work. She believes their stories are the important aspect
to experience; some whimsical, some intense.
Her current series: The Stones – Megaliths of our Ancestors, is created with the
luminous and tactile media of encaustic. This is comprised of beeswax, which
gives it that luminosity, dammar tree resin, which gives it strength, and
pigments to provide colour.
Artistic use of encaustic is in itself several
thousand years old – creating yet another connexion and resonance with the
subjects she captures. Kathryn applies many layers of wax and then carves back, delving into the work
to reveal previous layers or creating marks which are then later heightened with
pastel, oils, or left exposed. All this is fused with a flame after each layer
is manipulated creating a solid, fully integrated work.
The surfaces are lush with wonderful depth. Because tempered beeswax makes the
work very durable and touchable, no glass is needed nor should be used in
displaying these works. The dammar adds the necessary hardness to keep dust from
adhering to the painting. A simple swipe and buff with a soft cloth is all that
is needed to keep these works beautiful for hundreds of years.
Vashon Island, Washington, USA
Phone +00 1 360 280 9281
Knowth K15 – Sundial Stone 11”x 14” by Kathryn Gordon
Knowth K93 – Lunar Calendar 8” x 10” by Kathryn Gordon
Newgrange Kerbstone 5” x 7” by Kathryn Gordon
Paps of Jura 11”x 14” by Kathryn Gordon
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433