It is time to shine a light on the incredibly talented emerging artist Kari Weatherbee. Weatherbee, a resident of Upper Stewiacke, has been drawn to creative endeavours since her childhood, but just recently, in 2014, began developing a career in fine arts. She paints mostly in oils and uses watercolours as a way of studying new subjects.
What Inspires You?
I find inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. Faces, landscapes, animals and insects have all been subjects that appear in my paintings. I have painted the monarch butterfly numerous times as I find they are delicate with their thin wings yet strong considering the migration pattern they endure each year.
I also find inspiration in the cosmic landscape that resides in space. There are many beautiful gatherings of stars surrounded by vivid colours throughout the universe that capture my imagination. I have painted several gatherings of the stars and nebula and will continue to paint the cosmic landscape in the future.
Which artist inspires you the most?
Akiane Kramarik is by far the most inspirational artist I have discovered. She is famously known for the portrait of Jesus she completed at the age of eight. As a child prodigy she began her art career at the age of four and began painting by age seven. She has an incredible understanding of perspective, colour theory and values. When I look at her work I see life inside the painting and I hope to be able to portray life in my paintings as my skills progress.
What do you like about your work?
Foremost I like the freedom. I have the freedom to paint what I choose regarding subject, colour, medium, presentation, size and style. With freedom I don’t grow tired of the painting process. Painting is an art form that grows with the individual. It’s challenging and ever changing reflected by the life of the artist. I don’t think it’s possible to learn all the techniques or to stop improving. It’s a life long journey of continuous learning and at the end of life it’s a contribution to society, something to leave behind to anyone wishing to enjoy it.
Where do you sell your work?
I currently have an oil painting from my Monarch Butterfly Series on display at The Corridor Art Gallery located inside the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia. Paintings can also be purchased by contacting me through my website or any of my social media outlets.
What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I have two children, a son and daughter who take my time and fill my heart with joy. They are both wonderful at keeping me on my toes when I’m not painting. In the moments in between I am working on my website, making YouTube videos or surfing social media looking at other artists’ works.
Where can we find you?
Here is the link for the interview out this week in the Colchester Weekly News: