Artist’s Statement My painting practice has always been about exploring my location in the landscape and the experience of noticing the emotional response as certain contours emerge in the course of making the painting. When beginning a new work, I think about distance. How far away is the place physically? Is there more than one place and if so, what is the distance that must be covered between them? I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997 and call it home. But my roots are in the American South; quite a different place. Coming to terms with such a significant difference has meant that this reconciliation process shows up in every painting. The tools I use to express this work are first, shape; second, color. In creating shape, lines must necessarily appear - some hard edged, some soft and blurry. Just like the lived experience of being grounded in one place, but facing everyday life in another; a person shapes a life by moving through and around boundaries. Color has always been charged with emotional resonance for me. Strength flows through blues, blacks, burnt umber; like the land itself, or like the 100 year old oaks that grow upon it. Like the sky, the sea or the lake, blue is a way to travel across the distance to another place. White, yellow, coral and gray carry whispers of memories and suggestions of new possibilities. Reds, purples and pinks suggest the power to act; the power of change. - Katie Korotzer
I am originally from Georgia but have called California home since 1989. I graduated in 1984 from the
University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics and Journalism.
After spending three decades in a professional event planning career not related to art and raising my two sons with my husband, I am finally coming to terms with my desire to practice art full time. I have realized that my connection to color as well as texture, shape and form is something worth expressing and sharing with others in the form of painting. I have also reconnected to my love of journalism and creative writing and since 2019 have published a regular column in The Piedmont Exedra titled ‘In The Artist’s Studio’.
When writing the artist profiles for my column I have a unique opportunity to meet artists, learn about their process and their inspiration, and to share their work with the world. Since 1987 I have been an art student, learning about technique, materials and various forms of expression through classes with private artist instructors, community college and workshops. Throughout this time I have exhibited and sold my work.
My paintings are abstract and non-representational.