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About Me

Hi World!

I'M Katie

AKA Katherine Blackwell ( Fancy work name), Katie Blackwell (less fancy name  soon to change),
Katie Finck, (Maiden Name), Katie Ghant ( Name Name).
Long story full of heroism, procrastination, knights in shining armor, laziness, villains, and long lines at the social security office with a toddler in tow. 

I make art like bees make honey. Its instinctual and can't be helped. 
I am a problem solver, an ardent observer, a forever student, a teacher, an energy healer and podcaster. I am a critical Care RN, a Mom, a grateful Wife ( my husband does everything so I can paint and be me) and calmest when I have a paint brush in my hand and oils in front of me. 



My travels through the world of art started as a kid, playing. As a teen, art flew out of me faster than my conscious thoughts could keep up with. As a young professional artist, paint had a mind of its own and even when I thought I controlled it, it was never my conscious will that created the dark surrealism.

 As a 'grown up' ( who is really a 'grown up'?) I willingly gave up my art career and practice to focus on my family and education in the field of nursing. 

7 years, a million panic attacks, 5 bouts of depression, a divorce,  a persistent feeling of not being right, and a nursing degree later, A therapist from an EAP program at the hospital I work for asked me why I was abandoning at least half of who I was and expecting my other half to function as if it were whole? 

I starting art again after that. Little things, and soon big things, and eventually, with my amazing husband's (Patrick Ghant) encouragement and help I ended up with a lovely studio in my house and time to paint. 

Shadow Work Portraits

is a name that represents my artistic depictions of the underlying and honest essence of a person, an emotion, thought or animal.


People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn the literature of the whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls. Thus the soul has gradually been turned into a Nazareth from which nothing good can come.” – Carl Jung


This is where my personal Shadow Work began, by observing myself, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I learned to view myself as I do subjects I am painting. No judgment, just observation. 

I allowed back into my landscape the spiritual energy that had been insisting I listen but then getting shoved back into a dark corner of my basement only to spring out at inopportune times and have the process repeat. Now I better understand where my paintings came from as a young adult and teen and the exciting places they can go. 

The Beginnings collection, is just that, the beginning of my subconscious telling me something needed to be addressed, observed, brought to the surface. Each image holds a different emotion and story, I hope to bring each of these to you in a monthly newsletter/blog so that I can share my journey and help others who are connecting with their own. 



My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.



Inspiration

Painting portraits allows me to challenge my observation skills, and use all my conscious and unconscious knowledge of a subject to pull out a good depiction of who they are represented by color and form. 

Techniques

I work in Acrylics and Oils. I prefer a layered effect to most interestingly present color and shape. In oils I often will paint 50 or more thin layers to create a luminous glow. I adore vibrant exuberant color and the stark contrast of shadows and light. 

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The materials I use are professional grade, which means they are made of high quality and enduring products. Most colors are lightfast and will not fade or yellow with time. To maintain an even sheen and extra layer of UV light protection, every painting is also coated with a satin Varnish. Gloss or Matte is available if requested. The prints are processed at a business that guarantees quality and archival longevity.

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