March 14, 2018
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Kayti Didriksen (Born 1972)
Kayti Didriksen - Reflections of Punalu’u
Kayti Didriksen - Untitled 1
Kayti Didriksen - Strawberry Pickers
Kayti Didriksen - Secret Cove
Kayti Didriksen - Chinaman’s Beach
Kayti Didriksen - Honuapo
Kayti Didriksen - Brooklyn Bridge
Kayti Didriksen - Summer Field, Maine Audubon
Kayti Didriksen - Reed’s Bay
Kayti Didriksen - Pohue Bay
Kayti Didriksen - Last Light in Kona
Kayti Didriksen - Sunset Through the Trees
- Image of the Day -
"Reflections of Punalu’u"
Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter
Kayti Didriksen (born 1972 in Maryland, USA).
Kayti Didriksen’s love of landscapes began as a child growing up in Central Missouri with it’s rolling hills, river and changing seasons. Her formal art education began after a move back to Maryland following 9th grade and changed her perspective. She learned to draw and paint at Suitland Visual and Performing Arts High School and continued on to the Maryland Institute, College of Art where she received a BFA in Printmaking (1994). In 2012 Didriksen began painting landscapes in Martha’s Vineyard as a hobby to combat the stress of graduate school (Master of Professional Services in the Business of Art and Design, The Maryland Institute, College of Art).
In the years between Art school and Business school, Didriksen moved around the United States. Inspired by movement, she made blind contour drawings of live music performance. The deft hand-to-eye coordination from years of blind contour practice easily transferred to palette knife on canvas when it was time to paint landscapes. The hobby that began in grad school continued when Didriksen moved to New York City to pursue her blind contour work as she became the Artist in Residence for the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with Faberge’ and gave a TEDx talk.
Painting small landscapes on weekend trips may seem a stark contrast to blind contour drawings of performance that end up as large-scale works that show space and movement with color and feel like the performance, but the inspiration of space and movement are the same, as is the skill of seeing and hand-to-eye coordination. Today, Didriksen balances teaching and blind contour expertise with travelling to paint in plein air, chasing the light that describes the color of air. She sells her works to interested parties on the internet via Instagram: DrawsCrowds and Facebook; Kayti Didriksen.
“As high-rises tear into our natural skyline and mountain ranges are demolished to make room for shopping malls, I paint the natural world in order to bring attention to its beauty and its necessity. All of my paintings, in the very least, begin by painting in the great outdoors. This not only enables me to create truthful and accurate paintings, it also is an excuse for me to get out of our artificial environment and get into our natural one.
By creating a strong design with large shapes, I am able to initially connect with the viewer and invite them to take a closer look. Using thick and thin layers of oil paint, I create a surface that, when seen from a distance, appears to be a window into our world. When viewed closer, the surface is revealed to be quite abstract with infinite variety in tone and color.
Through the combination of accuracy and abstract design, my goal is to capture the viewer’s attention long enough to show them just how beautiful our world can be.”