Monday, November 23, 2009

jody katopothis.

From top to bottom: Untitled II, Untitled V, Untitled IX

Jody not only has the voice of a lark, makes a mean chicken dinner, soothes as a massage therapist, creates heartfelt music, entrances you when she speaks Greek, but this little songbird is also a thoughtful and talented painter.
It is exciting to see these works in person – to notice the intricacies of her layering and use of vibrant color. But beyond that, these works have soul. I recently had the pleasure of viewing these paintings and having a little Q & A with Jody about her current Holiday Art Show & Sale. Hope you enjoy!

Q: Could you please tell me about the relationship between your music and art?
A: I have been making art and music for as long as I can remember, and can not imagine how my life would be without this work. The two are fully intertwined, compliment one another and together inspire, inform and feed each other. They are two languages, separate yet intimately related.”

Q: Where does one of your paintings begin?
 A: A painting usually starts with a concept, most often based in a feeling, memory, experience or the essence of a specific place. There is almost never a predetermined visual, as each painting unfolds intuitively. There are recurring themes which spring from life experiences and contemplations, including the organic beauty of nature, family roots, twins, the layers that make up our lives, the connectedness of everything, the dwellings and architecture we create and inhabit, and also the remnants of civilizations past…

Q: What motivates you and your work?
A: Life itself is inspiring from every little corner. Having said that, I do think quite often, about a quote from Chuck Close. “I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.”  When I first heard this, I didn’t like it much and felt almost offended. After thinking about it over time, I have embraced the idea of just how important it is to make art a daily practice, to simply go into the studio and work. Even when the “inspiration” is not obvious, there is a quality of thriving, found in getting one’s hands dirty.

Q: You have worked large and small. So, why the current small works?
A: Recently, I began to miss the intimacy of painting in that smaller space, of creating a tiny window, where you have to stop and focus to notice the small details.

I believe we all need a moment of pause to savor the small details. After a preview of the work, I decided to treat myself and take one of these home. Which will be your favorite? Check out the Holiday Art Show & Sale here or visit

Thursday, November 5, 2009

hello november.

Hello November. You always seem to arrive with a swiftness. Yet, I feel you have been here quietly for a while, slowly turning. Making your grand entrance through bursts of varying shades of crimson, orange and yellow, you then leave the trees barren all too soon. I don’t think I’m alone in that these cool winds of change bring about reflection, and can feel both difficult and revitalizing.

Here are a few photos from a recent portrait session of a lovely woman, Silke. Knowing the Portland rains will soon descend; we savored the fleeting drops of sunshine on this gorgeous autumn afternoon.


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