Katie M Dahl

Artist Statement

The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of the conspicuous to capture its unique self. Some of my subjects are quite beautiful, others less so. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.

My areas of interest are oil painting and digital collage. Imagery evolves as ideas pop into my head, then disappears as the composition comes more into view. Layer upon layer of paint is applied, some places more than others, creating textures of varied depth through both the thickness of the paint layers and my painting techniques. While creating digital collages I use my personal photos of places I have been, and occasionally I will use an outside source if I find it necessary. Parts or selections of my paintings are also used.

My collages are very much like my paintings in that they look similar both stylistically and in their subject matter. The difference is in my approach and my process with the collages. In the end, my collages are like paintings. They have multiple aspects to them with little connecting parts that each tell their own story, but also contribute to a larger story. My paintings are like photographs of memories I have of a world that once was, is becoming or that is now gone and slowly diminishing to its own ends due to human disturbances and a society that continues to show indifference.