Katrina Chenevert – Artist Biography
Upon moving in 2008 to Asheville, NC, Katrina embraced the Art culture prominent to that city. Her insatiable desire for “all things art” was stimulated after discovering the River Arts District (RAD). Her multi-disciplined creations are cultivated by both her BFA studies at UNC Asheville and through her experiences working with other RAD Artists.
Nostalgia often drives her inspiration to paint but, it is the “theme” that drives what medium will be used in her final creations. Watercolor is her medium of choice in her “Sepia Series” paintings. These tightly rendered (often described as photorealistic) watercolor paintings are inspired by vintage family photos. The results from using just sepia tones are remarkable. Her ability to capture such tender moments of times long past has established a string of commissions from people who also want their relative’s stories told giving them a permanent presence in their homes. Her painting titled “Smoking Hot Women” joined the ranks of other renowned artist at the American Watercolor Society’s 149th Annual International Exhibition held in NY City at the prestigious Salmagundi Club.
Her passion with 3D art has bred creations incorporating large canvases and mixed media. The combination or “assemblage” using multiple materials result in larger scale works. A piece titled “Iconic Decade” is a representation of 1960 icons finished in Pop Art style and stands 5’6”. These newest creations fall into an “uncategorized” style which has delighted the artist, “I love creating something that is unique and you’ll not likely see anywhere else.” These creations tend to have common themes from icons of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and most recently, characters from popular hit TV shows.
Katrina is certainly no stranger to painting with oils and acrylics. The majority of her works with oil paint is done using a palette knife. The results from using a knife vice the traditional brush create yet another unique style for the artist. Her work in acrylic often incorporates the use of fiber paste which adds an impasto effect and gives these paintings a unique 3D aspect. These paintings are inspired by photographs that she has taken while visiting in and around her home town of Exeter, NH. Each captured image is cropped in such a way to create an exclusive painting with a unique perspective.
Katrina is a resident studio artist at 310 ART with both studio work space and exhibition space within the gallery. The decision to take a studio space at 310 in The Peabody Gallery, feeds her already insatiable appetite for art.