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About the Artist

Katie Southworth is an internationally recognized abstract artist and art educator currently based in Boston, MA. 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. In August of 2021, after three years of teaching, she decided to pursue her fine art career full time. Over 100 of her original works are in private collections in New York City, Vero Beach, LA, Edgartown, Hermosa Beach, Oakland, Denver, Canada, Slovenia, and more. Katie’s work has been featured in international publications including House & Garden UK, Vanity Fair London, and British Vogue. Her first solo show "Colorjoy" at New Canaan Gallery and Frame attracted over 300 people to Opening Night, and 10 pieces sold in total. 

Katie paints, exhibits, and sells her work out of her 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.

Artist Statement

    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 and pause 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.

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My Studio

450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA ⋅ Studio 412B

Are you in the Boston area? Come visit me in my studio! My studio is open the first Friday of every month from 5pm-9pm, most Sundays 11-4pm, and by appointment.

DM on instagram @katiesouthworth_art or email me at katiesouthworth.art@gmail.com to make an appointment.

I look forward to meeting you!