“We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” 
- Mary Oliver


Painting serves as both a meditation and a form of alchemy for me, allowing me to channel my feelings and memories into tangible creations that can be experienced in myriad ways by others. I draw inspiration from my deep-rooted love of nature, drawing on impressions from my rural life in the Berkshires, my earlier years in Westchester, and my childhood in the Cambridgeshire countryside in England. Within each piece, there is a delicate balance between the intense and the subtle, the strong and the fragile, as well as a fusion of control and spontaneity. These elements are captured through a combination of thick and delicate brush strokes, alongside techniques of wiping and pouring paint. The result is a harmonious interplay of opaque and translucent areas, with instances where the pigment has been allowed to bleed or drip down the canvas. I want to create paintings that evoke a sense of both familiarity and mystery, inviting viewers to explore their own interpretations. I aim for my work to captivate with its beauty while also igniting curiosity and intrigue.

Katharine Dufault, 2024