"For me, a good painting is more than a description of a place or object. It's about how the weather feels to me, the color of the light as it changes the shadows, reflections on water: the human response to nature. It's also about the rhythm and tension of the abstract composition within the frame, the play of lights and darks, and the calligraphic brush strokes on canvas or handmade paper. There's nothing more exciting than the blank canvas and the ever changing scene in front of it. What will emerge on that surface today?"
Kathryn Clark was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and received BFA and MFA degrees in fine art. In 1971, she and her husband founded Twinrocker Handmade Paper and were central to the revival of handmade paper in America. Twinrocker is a leader in its field world wide and is respected for making the highest quality artist papers for drawing and watercolor.
When Twinrocker Handmade Paper began making watercolor paper in 1985, Kathryn began painting watercolors to test the papers. She soon fell in love with the medium and has been painting ever since. Today, Kathryn exhibits art works in watercolor, graphite, and more recently oil. She now paints out of doors, directly from nature, "plein air", as much as possible, and in her studio. Since becomming a fulltime painter in 2008 and adding oil painting as a media, she's experience a great deal of recognition in that genre. She was voted an artist member of the Indiana Artists Club and the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, IN. She's also won awards in juried exhibitions at the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts, Indiana Artists Club, and more.
Before becoming a full time painter, most of her professional life was involved with developing and making archival, cotton rag artist papers and papers for custom, limited edition books. She did find some time to paint, but didn't focus on that until recently when she handed the Twinrocker reins to her successor.
During her papermaking career, Kathryn received research grants to develop archival handmade papers from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lilly Endowment. In 1980, she and her husband received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Wayne State University, and in 1990 a documentary movie about her and her husband's life, titled "The Mark of the Maker", was nominated for an Academy Award under documentary short. She has given hundreds of lectures and workshops and has served on several Indiana Arts Commission Advisory Boards. In 2008, she and her husband, Howard, reveived the John Corey Arts Leadership Award.
In the 1970's and 80's, Kathryn developed many innovative techniques for using colored paper pulps to create finished art works. She exhibited those works in galleries and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States, Great Britain, Japan, including the Smithsonian, Exhibits USA, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Leopold-Hoesch Museum in West Germany, the American Craft Museum, a U.S. State Dept. traveling exhibition, etc. In addition, her art work has been discussed and represented in sixty-four books, magazines, and periodicals.