Creating is a form of meditation that keeps me in a state of active reception to whatever is happening around me and going on inside me as I work. My images explore the tensions between wild emotions and stable containment. I strive for a balance between the opposing natures of rational thought and the pure colors of emotional insight.
I use color to express moods and am influenced by whatever I have seen on my morning walks or dreamt about the night before. My images actually seem like pieces of dreams. The shapes are thoughts and the colors are feelings that overlap in a dance of layers through my creative play on the paper.
My primary medium is monotype printmaking but I also make drawings and use chine-colle at times. I cut all of my own stencils, which seem to grow into the shapes that they want to be. The organic, repeated sinuous lines of Art Nouveau have definitely influenced my work.
1997 Studies Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1997 Studies, Expressive Arts Institute, Salve Regina University,
1982 BFA University of Texas at Austin
Kathleen Thoma has been a practicing artist since 1983, first as an illustrator in publishing and currently as a fine artist after making a career change. Now she works in printmaking mostly with monotypes.
From 2005 to 2013, she was a founding member of West Cove Studio and Gallery, an open, working printmaking co-operative in West Haven, CT. While at West Cove, she assisted with gallery promotion, printmaking demonstrations, gallery sitting and open studio events. She has also taught “Spontaneous Painting,” a series of expressive arts classes in Montreal and New England to adults and children.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Thoma relocated her studio to Orange County, CA in 2015. She has lived and exhibited in France, Canada and seven different states in the U.S.