About the Artist
Katie Southworth is an artist and art educator working in Boston and Edgartown Massachusetts. Originally from Darien Connecticut, she graduated from Colby College in Waterville Maine with Bachelors degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. She was the recipient of the Charles Hovey Pepper Prize for her body of work featured in the 2016 Senior Capstone Exhibition. She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2018. That same year, she began her career as an elementary school art teacher in Boston. In tandem with full-time teaching, she continues to expand her body of work in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, where she spends her summers. Her paintings are in private collections in New York City, Boston, Vero Beach, Edgartown, Hermosa Beach, Denver, Slovenia, and more. Katie’s work has been featured in international publications including House & Garden UK, Vanity Fair London, and British Vogue.
Katie paints, exhibits, and sells her work out of a studio space in the Sowa Arts District of Boston, and is a member of the SoWa Artist Guild. Find her at 450 Harrison Avenue Studio #412B Boston, MA.
Follow her journey and get up to date information on her instagram @katiesouthworth_art. Find more information on upcoming events on sowaboston.com
My work harnesses the power of color and light to promote mindfulness, joy, and mental well-being. I am inspired by emotions, memory, and nature: especially water. Sometimes, I paint while directly observing specific light conditions, photography, or objects. Other times, I create pieces intuitively in response to my mood, or the developing piece itself. I consider myself a colorist in constant study of color theory and relativity. Thus, in every piece, each layer of color is always governed by the previous layers. I do this until my eyes can dance freely across the entire piece. Once that happens, a color story, memory, or mood can emerge.
I title my pieces after I meditate on the completed piece’s colors, listen to the story, and think about where I have heard or seen it before, if at all. This is why most of my work is titled after the person, place, feeling, or thing of which it most reminds me. My hope is that viewers feel welcome to do the same. Through this practice, I’ve found that my work exposes the truly personal nature of color as it relates to memory.
I strive for smooth, crisp, harmonious fields of luxurious color because I hope to create a calming visual aid for meditation and intrinsic contemplation for viewers. To provide a moment of peace for others, as it does for me. This higher purpose of my work is dedicated to my mother, Ellie. In honor of her, a percentage of all sales are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA ⋅ Studio 412B
Are you in the Boston area? Come visit me in my studio! My studio is open by appointment only until further notice.
DM on instagram @katiesouthworth_art or email to make an appointment.
Available M - F after 4pm and on weekends.