Katlee Shank, Chattanooga Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement I have a wide range of subjects, and all of them are close to my heart. Even with painting, there is a connection that can not be easily explained. I feel I'm adding beauty to this world, which is sorely needed.
My art is truly an extension of me, of my heart, my feelings, my life. There is a little of my soul in every piece that I do, and all are treated with love, reverence and care.
The best way I have to describe my painting style is ‘idealistic realism’. I paint in a realistic style, but often in a more bright, cheerful, fanciful way than is found in real life. I find the beauty in things, and bring that to my canvas for others to enjoy.
I paint because it's my way of contributing to this path we call life. Some people invent, some people do research, some people keep everyday life going smoothly, some people protect others... and I paint. It feels like an honored duty.
I will paint for as long as I, and those around me, continue to feel joy at my creations. I feel as much pleasure when I see someone enjoy my art work as I get from just creating each piece.