WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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studio palette composition canvas artist profile inspiration gallery Connecting to the Land Land's Sake Artist-in-Residence Katherine Downey Miller E L I Z A B E T H W I L C OX writer imagination katherine Downey Miller, Land's Sake's current artist-in-residence, always knew she was an artist. When she was a child in Weston, she slept beneath a skylight. While lying in bed, she'd look up – at the night sky, at dawn's light, at fall's trembling leaves – and react viscerally. Art was an internal response to her natural surroundings and the canvas became a manifestation of that. KATHERINE DOWNEY MILLER I meet Miller at her studio – a rented room on the top floor of a small foundry and fine arts school in Jamaica Plain. The parking lot is strewn with whimsical scrap-art sculpture, hemmed in by tightly packed multifamily homes, car lots, and brick buildings. Up a narrow wooden stairwell is her studio, a small room with a view of urban rooflines and the nearby Sam Adams Brewery – a seemingly unlikely vista, I tell her, for an artist whose inspiration comes from nature. "A lot of artists work in places like this," she responds. "You don't have to paint something We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 from the place where the land is. Being an artist is a lot of remembrance. You can bring it back with you." By way of example, she points to her latest work – a series of blue and white acrylic with charcoal paintings described in a recent show at The Danforth Museum as "a meditation on internal, natural energy using imagery, remnants of imagery or color choice based on nature and landscape." 160 Vortex 1 (Black, Blue and White Landscape)

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