Katherine Wibell: Painting

Whimsical. Colorful. Quirky. These are a few descriptors for Katharine’s unique paintings. Fascinated by the mind’s ability to organize individual points into identifiable images, this graduate of Mercer University’s Fine Art and Psychology programs began experimenting with pointillism and stippling. Although her work was constantly evolving, one core aspect remained - the dot. However, her own style did not emerge until she was introduced to reverse glass painting. In this art form, glass is the canvas. The artist paints on the “back”, and the completed painting is not revealed until the glass is turned over. Katharine loves the challenge of painting images in a manner totally opposite from the norm. Her subject matter varies based on her wide range of interests, while her work ranges in size from small to large scale pieces. New Orleans’ themes including masquerades, Mardi Gras, and the Saints are often featured on the “Katrina” windows that she salvaged from destroyed homes. Her knowledge of and love for animals is apparent as squirrels play with beads from the trees off St. Charles Avenue, swamp gators emerge from the marsh grass, and her dog, Alli, wearing a chef’s hat, cooks gumbo and jambalaya. Her private commissions include pet portraiture, wildlife, and home installations.