Katina Makris – Artist
“Painting touches my soul. Painting embraces the feelings we often cannot find words for.”
Painting touches my soul. Painting embraces the feelings we often cannot find words for. Painting is a passion you can not remove from your blood. It runs through an artist like water does in a river…flowing, bending, reaching. I paint because the land, the light, the colors move me to do so. It has a zen-like quality to it, where I am totally present in the moment, entwined in the strokes, in the colors, in the textures.
A few years ago I visited the Bois d’ Amours in Pont Avon, Brittany, France. The meandering river in this quaint town was the setting for a group of famous plein air expressionist artists, amongst them Eduard Manet. I was so completely captivated by the incredible light dancing on the waters, flanked by dapple lit ancient treed paths, that I could honestly feel the touch of these artists and the romance of their workings. Such instincts are what inspire an artist to pick up their brushes and paint.
Beauty, feeling, magic fill all our lives, artists merely grab the energy of the moment, holding it in their work. In a sense, we are trying to not let go of the sacredness of our private experience, which we in turn bring to others. Plein air painting is a both form of communion and communication for me.
I paint because the land, the light, the colors move me to do so.
KATINA I. MAKRIS
Katina Makris is a plein air painter, working in oil. Her work is known for its rich use of color. Vibrant, clear hues can be found in most all of Katina’s paintings. Her scenes are enlivened with both freshness and a fine sensitivity to the elements. Katina manages to capture the emotional quotient of a locale, creating a touchstone of familiarity. Her work evokes feelings of serenity and peace, as well as beauty and balance. She works on location, moving quickly to capture a setting as the lighting shifts. Unlike studio painters, Katina has an innate gift to move from three dimensions to one, bringing what she sees in front of her to life on the canvas. Katina has shown her work throughout New England, receiving much praise and various awards at area shows. She is a member of The Dublin Art Colony, The NH Plein Air Society. Katina has been represented at The Peterborough Art Academy Gallery, Peterborough, NH, and Blackhawk Gallery, Saratoga, WY. She has studied with master artists, Karin Wells and James Sulkowski. Katina’s lovely landscapes are affordable, contemporary representations of impressionistic oil.
Beauty, feeling, magic fill all our lives, artists merely grab the energy of the moment, holding it in their work.
A selection of Katina’s original paintings are available for purchase. You may use the contact form below to inquire or you may contact Katina directly: KatinaMakris32@gmail.com