Welcome to my online gallery & shop! I'm Katie Humphress, an artist based in Lexington, KY. I paint for the joy of it, and would love to paint something for you! Click here to learn more about my portrait commissions or view my artwork just for fun...
“Where is the light source?”
When a trusted art instructor repeatedly responded to my paintings with that query, I kept working until the question became my answer. I learned art is spiritual, and shadows are necessary in order to see any light. I've found this so helpful when life doesn't make sense. When I look for the light source in my paintings, I can better accept life on life’s terms: pain and joy, shadow and light. Life isn’t black or white; it’s the contrast of shadow and light where things take shape.
At first glance my paintings feature bright, intense colors and bold strokes; beneath the surface there are shadows, words, and sometimes entirely different paintings that tell a deeper story, because in real life what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. Art allows me to plumb the depths of living things, layering shadows no one will ever see until something brand new emerges from the canvas. My brightest, most cheerful-looking bird painting was inspired by taxidermy. My brightest, most cheerful-looking portrait captures a woman who was experiencing not only joy but also intense sorrow. Attempting to capture this paradox–the contrast of dark and light–helps me make sense of life, and reminds me there's always more to all of us than what appears on the surface.
Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery | Lexington, KY | May 2018
Gallery Hop | Bodley-Bullock House | Lexington, KY | Winter 2019
The COVID-19 Residency Show | Online | Spring 2020
Hemingway Museum & Home | Key West, FL | Spring 2020
Artist Attic | Lexington, KY | 2021-2022, 2023
Also featured in Tops in Lex as a featured artist