I had my model pose in my backyard next to a juniper, though as I painted, I also added some imaginative elements to the landscape. "Deciphering the Signs" became a somewhat autobiographical piece; the model became me, as I was trying to decipher confusing signals in my life at the time. This piece is linen on canvas board and will need a frame for display.

- Katherine Taylor

Deciphering the Signs

Oil painting on canvas board

Signed on front and back

36" h x 24" w x .5" d
3 lbs. 3 oz.



Katherine Taylor
Bend, Oregon

Getting to Know Katherine

Katherine draws upon multiple art historical traditions to create her vibrant oil paintings. She began her artistic training in the Old Masters style, but eventually began to integrate Baroque Realism, Classical Naturalism, and Russian Impressionism influences into her work. Katherine’s paintings are luminous articulations of light and shadow through her use of chiaroscuro, the Italian Renaissance technique that uses strong tonal contrasts. “I was very enamored of Caravaggio when I visited Italy,” says Katherine. “I know it's almost a cliché to hear artists say they are painting the light, but it's true, that's what I feel I am trying to capture, a sense of brilliant luminosity coming out of darker places.”