About Kathryn Beals
I grew up in a small fishing village on the northwest coast of British Columbia. I am a self-taught painter with no formal training. I've been selling my work professionally since I was thirteen, and painting full-time since 2005. I now live in Mountain View, California with my husband and two young children.
My landscape style has been influenced by the many beautiful places I have lived in the Canadian north, my former career in forestry, and dozens of backcountry trips in the mountains with my husband Travis. We have backpacked sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir Trail, the West Coast Trail and areas of northern Canada. These wonderful places are at the heart of my paintings.
My primary medium is acrylic on canvas. I am traditionally left-handed, but I have learned to paint with both hands. I attribute the color and movement in my landscapes to my synesthesia and migraine auras. These conditions have shaped the way I see the world and enhanced my development as an artist.
I began my art career painting portraits of animals and people, and I have now done hundreds of custom paintings for people all over the world. My first commission was to draw a pair of old work boots as a retirement gift for a construction worker. Since then, I have painted dogs, horses, people, houses, cars, lizards, fish and even dinosaurs. I love the challenge of translating others’ memories into art, and as a self-taught artist it has helped me develop technical skills outside of my comfort zone.
I enjoy showing my works in progress and time lapse videos of my paintings on my art technique blog (currently on hiatus, returning fall 2014). Thanks for visiting my site!