Selected Monoprints and Monotypes
Kathleen Thoma is an artist currently working with monotypes, painting and drawing. From 2004 to 2013, she was a founding member at West Cove Studio and Gallery, an open, working artist studio, printmaking co-operative in West Haven, Connecticut. While at West Cove, she assisted with gallery promotion, printmaking demonstrations, gallery sitting, and open studio events. In 2013, she relocated her studio to Orange County, California, where she continues working in her printmaking studio.
Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Kathleen started her art career at age three by making a giant mess with her mother’s watercolors. During her studies earning a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, she specialized in stone lithography printmaking and painting. After graduation, she worked as a freelance illustrator in publishing for several years. Relocating to San Diego, CA, she continued in publishing work. Until moving to Paris where she wandered into every museum possible during the eighteen months she was there. She spent a number of years in Quebec, Canada, where she continued to work in the fine arts as a painter, before returning to printmaking once she joined with West Cove Studio and Gallery.
Creating is a form of meditation that keeps me in a state of active reception to whatever is happening around me and going on inside me as I work. I strive for a balance between the opposing natures of rational thought and the pure colors of emotional insight.
I use color to express moods and am influenced by whatever I have seen on my walks or dreamt about the night before. My images often seem like pieces of dreams, which are popping-up in my mind as I work. The shapes are thoughts and the colors are feelings that overlap in a dance of layers through my creative play on the paper.
My workday starts with a loose plan for color and composition, which almost always changes as I go along with my response to what ends up on my plate. I used to paint a great deal, which is why monotype printmaking feels natural to me, color is not a problem, it is my native language for expressing myself.
My primary medium is monotype printmaking; I also make drawings and use chine-colle at times. I cut all of my own stencils, which seem to grow into the shapes that they want to be. The organic, repeated sinuous lines of Art Nouveau have influenced my work, as well as Gustav Klimt, Asian art, and nature itself. I go on a lot of walks while shooting photos which later end up in my sketchbook as color and shape ideas.