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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artist profile "paintings that capture visual and emotional moments" That investigation will next take Miller back to Weston, to Land's Sake, where, when 16 years old and living on Doublet Hill, she spent her summer fertilizing the farm's strawberry patches and working its stall. Now, many years later, she is returning to a place which, when described by her, sounds almost hallowed. The farm, she explains, is not only beautiful but a valuable resource – a source of community, food, and education, as well as a place to commune and build ties with the land. Her role as an artist, she believes, is to help people appreciate what that land can provide. "I want people to feel a connection, to say 'wow! she also created this from the land.' " left: Iron Orchid (Black, Blue and White Landscape) Nathaniel Her starting point for this latest series was a long weekend at the Rocky Neck Art Colony on the shores of Gloucester. There, Miller began by conceiving and creating one or two pieces of the series, capturing the energy of land and waterscape through paint and charcoal on canvas. The result is a succession of pieces that to me evoke the power of the natural world. But rather than elaborate on what her work literally represents, Miller points to her artist statement, to the deeper meaning of her visual work. In her statement, she writes: "Everything about nature and the landscape inspires my imagery. I make decisions about imagery by considering the honesty and purity of color and the use of visual metaphor. My goal is to try to create paintings that cap- 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 ture visual and emotional moments. Using the shapes derived from the landscape, I distill the visual essence of purity to capture the feeling through abstraction. I turn paintings in different directions to abstract the landscape. Working from a foundation in painting and drawing, building up, constantly reworking, reorganizing, the work becomes an investigation in form and content." 162 WORKS BY KATHERINE DOWNEY MILLER below:

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