Kate Thompson Artist Statement: What started out as an attempt to become a better painter while not filling up my house with stored canvases became something larger when a good friend passed on. At the memorial, her portrait — one I had done years earlier — was hung. Who had painted it was fairly irrelevant; what struck me was that it had become a legacy object for an amazing person. Something that helped keep her with us. We live in an age of ubiquitous imagery but there is still something about a painting that insists the subject is of worth.
Of the many communities I live in, smart, adventurous gay women are my floor. They keep me honest, grounded and relatively sane. I wanted to return that gift. Each time I start a canvas I think about that person — how they move through their world. I want to capture something more than the geometries of their face. If I’m lucky and the stars align, I can reflect a molecule or two of their essentialness. There’s no small amount of failure there, but every now and again… it works. Thank you to all who have wittingly and unwittingly let me paint their pictures. You are more beautiful and interesting with each year.
Oil on board or canvas