Lesh, Kathryn

Community: Bainbridge Island
Phone: 206-714-4972
Email: kathrynRlesh@gmail.com
Website: www.kathrynlesh.com
Media: monotype prints

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists)

Artist Statement

I am obsessed with the drama of light and the construction of space. These obsessions are the starting points from which I explore the line between the abstract and the figurative.

My images capture specific, resonating moments in my life, rendered in details that are abbreviated and abstracted enough to invite broad interpretation. I work best when I have a strong emotional connection to my subject matter.

That connection is often intimate, ambivalent, and long term. I work to capture an individual’s gesture or the mood of a particular place or time, then build on my figurative anchors, whether people or buildings or trees, with layers of both ink and emotion.


My obsession with light and space began early. I grew up in a Southern Oregon river valley and near the ocean on California’s central and southern coasts, in a series of work-in-progress homes, each designed and built by my stepfather, an architect and watercolorist. My childhood was filled with projects involving pencils and paper, fabrics, and various building materials.

As a Studio Art major in college, I continued to make things, focusing on drawing, painting, and black and white photography. I studied figure drawing and printmaking with Nathan Oliveira, with whom I shared a fascination with the human form. It was Nathan who first introduced me to monotypes.

My indirect route back to printmaking included two cross-country moves and a pastel class. During my investigation into pastels, I learned about an ongoing monotype workshop led by a local artist in her studio. These group sessions have been invaluable to my development as an artist.

Today, I have a studio, as well as a press, of my own, and I am living happily once again near the water, this time on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound, building images on paper and benefiting from the island’s generous and inclusive community of artists.


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