Kateri Ewing
On a Wing

recent works in watercolor

Exhibition:
Friday, April 24, 2015-Saturday, May 23, 2015


Artist Statement:

There isn't a moment I spend painting that I am not immensely grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the natural world around me and then to create something lasting and beautiful from it. With each drawing or painting I hope to discover, and then reveal, the intricate cycles of nature, the luminous particulars that I have come to notice in natural objects, be it the spark in a bird’s eye, a decaying leaf, a broken acorn, or the wash of light and shadow as they play over a meadow, pond or stand of trees. It is the desire to urge myself and others pause and to look a bit more closely, that stokes my creative fire.

Sometimes I wonder why birds are what I was first drawn to paint. I really set out to paint botanicals because I was enchanted when I discovered that these amazing artists were painting the tiniest details of a blade of grass or a dying leaf, or so intricately portraying the petaled soul of a flower. It was remarkable and inspiring to me, the amount of attention these artists had given to the details of the natural world that often go unnoticed. I started by painting botanicals and I still paint them, but when I tried a bird, and another one and another one, something no less than magical happened in my heart. I really think that birds discovered me.

Inspiration for my birds, botanicals and my landscapes is easily at hand at Knox Farm State Park and the Sinking Ponds Nature Sanctuary, both of which abound in field, marsh, waterways and woodland and the creatures who call them home. Nearby Wyoming County has proven to be a treasure trove of natural beauty, and I find myself there with my sketch pad and paints often.

It was one of my favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke who said, “If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can become great and immeasurable.” To that I like to add the words of painter William Langson Lathrop: “The finest art, like all else founded in life, is founded in love.” I hope that my work expresses the beauty and spirit of what I know and love. My paintings are me.


Catalog of Exhibition:

Please contact the gallery concerning current availability and pricing of works from past exhibits.

1. Technicolor Catbird
6-3/4 x 11
425.00

2. Red-winged Blackbird
7-1/4 x 11-1/2
425.00

3. Common Crow
14-1/8 x 16
775.00 (sold)

4. The King of the Knox Woods
7-1/4 x 5-3/4
325.00 (sold)

5. Field Teasel
7-1/2 x 10-1/2
475.00 (sold)

6. Sinking Ponds I
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00

7. Sinking Ponds II
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00 (sold)

8. Sinking Ponds III
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00 (sold)

9. Sinking Ponds IV
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00

10. Sinking Ponds V
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00 (sold)

11. Sinking Ponds VI
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00

12. Sinking Ponds VII
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00

13. Sinking Ponds VIII
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00 (sold)

14. Sinking Ponds IX
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00

15. Red Breasted Nuthatch
4 x 4-1/2
310.00

16. Fairy Wren
5 x 5
310.00 (sold)

17. Road to Fancy Tract
6 x 11
400.00 (sold)

18. Road to Newcomb
8 x 10
450.00 (sold)

19. Rufous Screech
7-1/2 x 8
700.00

20. Snowy Owl
9 x 9-3/8
725.00 (sold)

21. Wise Owl
11 x 12-1/8
725.00 (sold)

22. Pale Wise Owl
8-1/2 x 9
750.00 (sold)

23. Cedar Waxwing
6-1/4 x 9-3/4
425.00 (sold)

24. Eastern Cottonwood
8-3/8 x 8
410.00 (sold)

25. Glorious Maple
8-3/8 x 8
410.00 (sold)

26. Tulip Tree Leaf
8-3/8 x 8
410.00 (sold)

27. Knox Twilight
8-1/4 x 14
500.00 (sold)

28. Raquette Lake Sunrise
5-1/2 x 9-1/4
350.00 (sold)

29. Raquette Lake
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
375.00 (sold)

30. Knox Field
7-3/8 x 7-1/2
400.00 (donation to WNYLC fundraiser)

31. Lake Erie
7-1/4 x 7-1/4
400.00 (sold)

32. Snowscape I
4 x 9-3/4
275.00

33. Snowscape II
4 x 9-3/4
275.00 (sold)

34. Snowscape III
4 x 9-3/4
275.00

35. The Goldfinch
6-1/2 x 9
400.00 (sold)

You were a beacon of yellow among the brilliance of scarlet and saffron curbside leaves. I stopped my car, a witness as you lifted one black-tipped wing.

You didn’t fly when I came near. A broad maple leaf became your stretcher as I moved you to the safety of grass.

You startled and then---stoically poised on your twig legs, I swear you looked up at me brave as if to brush dirt off your wing.

You let your shield fall, fell to your side, allowing my careful fingers to rest on your feathers. I moved closer and cupped you in my hands—and you… you surrendered acknowledged me from one acquiescent eye.

36. Juvenile Crow
4-1/8 x 7
475.00 (sold)

37. Bittern
9-1/4 x 14
625.00

38. Bluebird in Flight
14 x 16
650.00 (sold)

39. Sunlit Grackle
9-3/8 x 13-3/4
625.00

40. Crows in a Field
4-1/2 x 13-3/4
500.00 (sold)

41. Great Blue
10 x 12
850.00
*Ltd. Ed. S&N Giclée ($75)

Last night I walked the fields after dusk. One rain drop fell, and as I neared the gravel path between ponds came another and another. My heart will not wait for better weather, for the brush of waist-high grasses, nor the moon to throw its polished grain on the rain-rippled water, nor an oscillating wind to rouse wet field.

There is comfort in the walking—the in and out of my breath. . . a rest in the long spaces.

A great blue heron appears at the edge of pond, moored at the exposed roots of a willow. The banks are low despite all the rain. Years of walking these paths I have never seen him here before. I am alone and lonely. He senses me, takes flight and disappears—that slow, persistent rise and fall of wings.

42. Green Heron at Sinking Ponds
10 x 12 (sold)
RCC Art Lottery featured work 2016

43. Nuthatch and Pinecone
5-3/8 x 5-1/2, silverpoint on paper
225.00 (sold)

44. Bluebird
5-3/8 x 5-1/2, silverpoint on paper
225.00

45. Chickadee and Mushroom
5-3/8 x 5-1/2, silverpoint on paper
225.00 (sold)

46. Titmouse
5-3/8 x 5-1/2, silverpoint on paper
225.00 (sold)

47. Fish Hill
5 x 7-1/2
425.00 (sold)

48. Oriole II
5-3/8 x 7-3/4
325.00 (sold)

49. Beloveds
5-3/4 x 8-1/4
350.00 (sold)

50. Slate-colored Junco
4-1/8 x 7
325.00 (sold)

51. Purple Martin
5-1/4 x 8
325.00 (sold)

52. Goldfinch
4-3/4 x 7
325.00

53. Cardinal
5-3/4 x 8-1/8
325.00 (sold)


• All dimensions are in inches, height precedes width.
• All works are titled and signed by the artist.
• All works are watercolor on paper unless otherwise noted, and completed in 2014-15.
• All works framed with conservation materials.
• *Limited Edition Giclée of #41 “Great Blue” available.
• Additional works by Kateri Ewing are available through Meibohm Fine Arts.
• Artist website: kateriewing.com
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