KATHLEEN HOPE is a mixed media artist based in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Kathleen's work is influenced by her diverse background in Interior Design and Color Psychology. She says a work of art should feel “lived in” just like your home. Hope’s art fuses all what intrigues and inspires her.
There is nothing quite as beautiful as the unintentional. For that reason she has chosen primarily cement as her medium. It is organic, raw, industrial and unpredictable.
Hope has developed many types of cement mixes, each with its own special purpose By combining many diverse materials such as dried pigment, paper, plaster and marble dust, she creates a textural layered effect. The color is applied by using stains, inks, acid, pigment, and acrylic.
Kathleen Hope's mixed and multi-media paintings assert themselves with a commanding physical presence. Her mostly non-objective pieces have a confident physicality to them that is a result of Hope's expertise with color, and her muscular blend of cement, plaster, pigment and collage in varying combinations. Her mark making, done with various paint and drawing tools, is unselfconscious in an automatic writing kind of way. The combination of these strengths makes for a very handsome and unusual body of work, which is uncommon, and so is the ground she works on.
"I paint best when I push my medium to the limit, make good design decisions and maintain a playful spontaneity."
Santa Fe Trend Magazine. WInter 2016.
My studio is located in Fountain Hills, Arizona. I am a very physical painter and like to create lots of texture and marks in my work. I have lived in Arizona for many years but prior to that I had studios in San Diego and Mpls, Mn.