Plein air


"I believe the practice of En Plein Air to be one of the most important activities in sharpening my skills of observation. Working directly from nature allows me to pick up visual cues and gain a better understanding of a subject."

Roughly 10 years ago she started to focus on plein air painting. Over the last five years Katerina has challenged her abilities by painting in the city (Karlovy Vary & Prague in the Czech Rep.; San Francisco & Angels Camp). She says about painting cities, "Everything-- except the architecture -- is in motion. Cars, trucks, the cable cars, and people. All this action forces the artist to develop a sort of stop-motion ability with an emphasis on one's peripheral vision to catch over one week the one scene that is depicted on the canvas. I paint two or three canvases over an entire week, also capturing into my brain through my eyes all the pure colors".

painting in Karlovy Vary with my daughter Jasmine
painting in Karlovy Vary with my daughter Jasmine