Kathryn Damon-Dawson’s recent paintings from her series “Bird Dialogues” and “Urban Semantics” are at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, from October 7 through November 4, 2014, where Kathryn is featured artist during October.
“Artistic vision comes from seeing with your eyes and feeling with your heart,” D. W. Patterson. This concept is reflected in Kathryn’s paintings. She utilizes digitally gathered forms but paints moment-in-time consciousness. “My painting, “It Takes a Colony,” is a 40” x 13” watercolor of 39 Common Murres. I sought to capture the alert-urgency of this colony of coastal birds while retaining individual identities through my choice of composition and unexpected use of vivid color,” says Damon-Dawson.
The title “It Takes a Colony” is also an analogy for the structure of Backstreet Gallery, a nine year old, for-profit, cooperative corporation which Kathryn helped birth nine years ago. She is presently on the Board and holds the position of Secretary.
Tiles of additional paintings in this show include “Love Remembered,” “Reflection In the Woods,” “Walkin’ My Lady Home,” ”Country Fair Crow,” “Lightness of Being.” Some paintings are inspired by travel in Europe, 2013, with granddaughter Sarah.
Kathryn’s painting “White Bishop – Black Knight” is in Medford during October. It is one of 80 selected from 328 paintings for the juried, Fall 2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon Exhibition. The Rogue Gallery, 30 S. Bartlett St., Medford, October 3 – 31.
“Golden Boy of the Dunes” appears on the current cover of Central Oregon Coast Telephone Book by Pacific Publishing Co. which is also the publisher of Kathryn’s children’s book, “Dogs, Crows and the Corn Chip Dance.”
Rand Dawson, Kathryn’s husband, will offer guitar music at her reception Saturday, October 11, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Backstreet Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.