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My work begins with an object that I look at, touch, and turn over and around until I see that place where I should begin work. That usually means drawing. If it’s a piece of discarded furniture, I may start sanding until I see where I want to start drawing. What I do depends on the piece.

I draw until it feels like it’s done. On furniture, I usually work with permanent marker. On gourds, I use a pyrography technique and burn the design in. After the drawing is complete, I let it sit while I work on other pieces, and return to it to decide about color. Sometimes I leave the piece as is, most of the time I color the design in, with shading and highlights, in colored pencil, dye, and paint, depending on how I want the design to progress.

I don’t have a design worked out ahead of time. I work with the piece until it feels done.

I’ve spent most of my life working at a “day job” filled with deadlines, other people’s instructions and other people’s goals. When I make my art, I just make the art. I don’t know what I’m going to draw until I start drawing. I let whatever is in my head out through my hands. It isn't mystical, it’s natural.
 
Nature plays an integral part in my work. I love images that are part fantasy and part beautiful line and color-like dragons! Most of my designs have an organic feel and flow, and sometimes I find myself drawing a dragonfly, a butterfly, a bird or sunrise because it seems to fit in the overall design.

My art has been evolving all my life and I am eager to see what I’m doing next week, next month, and next year!

Kathleen Troutman

Contact me at
kathleen@kathleentroutman.com


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