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Exuberant and Expressive Artworks by Katherine M. James

An abstracted painting of a colorful figure and collaged wordsLive Your Ride, mixed media on watercolour paper

Painter Katherine M. James creates exuberant and expressive artworks in which she experiments with style, colour and subject matter. Currently based in Oakville, Ontario, Katherine is a self-taught artist.


A painting of a white lotus flowerWhite Lotus, acrylic on watercolour paper

I really like the huge range of bright colours that appear in Katherine’s works. Sometimes she stays true to the natural colours of her subject, while other times she uses different hues as a way of adding value to shadows and highlights in a portrait or still life. Both methods are visually inviting and show off Katherine’s painting skill in different ways.


A screen capture of the online portfolio of Katherine JamesKatherine's Things gallery of paintings

While the majority of the artist’s works are figurative, I also like the small selection of abstract explorations that she has available on her portfolio. She does a good job of combining different painting methods of line and colour, using large, loose brush strokes and planes of pastel pigment to surround dark, defined lines. These paintings are a great demonstration of the techniques that the artist uses to render her still life, portrait and landscape artworks. 


An abstract painting composed of lines and pastel colorsNo Direction, mixed media on gallery canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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