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


"The landscape informs my work: memories of landscapes seen in my travels and the landscape directly visible beyond my studio door - a wild marsh with a tidal river. The recent work moves towards a freer composition, away from the didactic horizon line of my earlier landscape paintings. I have created a new vocabulary with discrete areas of rich opaque color juxtaposed with loosely painted areas of transparent color. The work has come away from the edges of the canvas and its contours are framed by neutral or deep color. Many of the compositions are based on the abstracted forms of trees and flowers.
The encaustic works are are an expansion of my recent paintings and the medium imposes its own requirements and limitations which challenge and excite my practice. I want the work to attract the viewer with beauty and simultaneously prompt curiosity."

Katharine Dufault, 2019