Galerie Vanasse - Art figuratif et portraits

Katherine McNenly

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Artistic Statement

I have always been as interested in the craft of painting, as I have in its potential to express ideas and emotions. My approach to painting, whether with the human figure or with still lifes, is always to apply a meticulous classical technique to the depiction of contemporary subject matter. My paintings, all have their foundation in the drawing, which is developed into an underpainting and subsequently into multiple layers of opaque and transparent glazes, which bring the work to life. My work which is rooted in the Renaissance is constantly evolving as influences by artists such as Vermeer, Chardin and more modern masters such as Annigoni, Wyeth and Lopez Garcia affect my journey as an artist.

Short Bio

Katherine McNenly (b.1963) in Sudbury, Ontario. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from York University in Toronto in 1986. While at university she wanted to pursue a more rigorous classical art education and began independent studies with the renowned portraitist and teacher John Angel.  In 1991, she attended the Cecil-Graves Atelier in Florence, Italy, a school based on the ideals of the 19th century French ateliers. She has also participated in workshops with the Grand Central Academy in New York, with realist Michael Grimaldi.

Katherine is a member of the Canadian Portrait Society, the American Portrait Society and the Cecilia Beaux Foundation.  She has been a finalist in the Kingston National Portrait Prize, the ARC International Salon, and has had numerous group and solo shows over the years. Her works are in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. She now resides in the artist rich community of Almonte, Ontario just outside of Ottawa.