Saginaw Art Museum

Saginaw, MI



Katherine Sowle: Circus Impressions


Katherine Sowle is showing her "Circus Impressions" at the Saginaw Art Museum from mid-November 1999 through January 2000. "Circus Impressions" are artworks sharing the thrill and excitement of the circus performance. Sowle says: "I hope people will view my artwork for the pure enjoyment of it" She says she paints the circus "because of the thrill of the whole experience. The smell of the freshly cut hay, manure, bright colours, loud gaiety and the food stimulates the senses. An effort is made to capture the creative movements of the performers who manipulate form in space. The colours of my palette are used to show the suspense, danger, and beauty at a pivotal moment."

Sowle describes her artistic style: "Watercolour fascinates me. 1 receive pure joy with clear translucent layers of colour that can be be painted very thinly to create a wide range of depth and saturation. The reflection of light catches and shimmers the eye. There is a challenge to "save the whites" of the paper instead of using white pigment as with other mediums. It's a pureness of using primary and complementary colours. It can push the senses either in an inspirational, quiet mood or critical agitation beyond belief. The harmony and balance can compel you to linger; other times you wish to get away as fast and far from danger as you can. 'Run fast, run hard.'" (left: Majestic Passing Leap, Kathering Sowle ©1997)

Katherine Sowle grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. After marrying and relocating to Breckenridge, Katherine returned to college to finish her Associate Degrees in Business and Fine Arts. Then enrolling in Central Michigan University she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 1998. Joining her husband in membership in Circus Fans of America, Katherine has been a member for 15 years. This cultivated interest in circuses has influenced her artwork that has been shown at the Lansing Art Gallery and the University Art Gallery in Mt. Pleasant. Her portrait "Francis Lentini" has graced the cover of the circus magazine "White Tops," December 1998 issue. Other artworks are in private collections across the United States. As a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America Katherine has done artwork for the organization to use in camp promotions, awards, and patches.


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