Of the art I have experienced in my life, I would say what has riveted me most was the art of Rembrandt, Turner, the Romantics, and Expressionists. I have never bought into idealized beauty – the kind that needs to be tweaked and preened, with things added or omitted to bring out the full “effect”. Beauty – real natural beauty is there for the taking, AS IS. It is raw, it is sometimes gritty, and it is spectacularly mixed up with human elements and flaws. The major draw for me is the incomprehensibility of it. I paint especially those things which I don’t understand. I explore and inquire with my eyes and brushes. The layers and layers of reapplying the entire paint surface lets me in to the secrets of shape, form, designs – of the mystery and wonder of the spectacle of genuine beauty in my life and in my world. My artistic agendas are to first explore the beauty with my art-making and then, by it, share in my awe and wonder of the sacred experience of beauty revealed to me. It is the experience of the beauty that I harness and share. The revelation of beauty is a sacred, sacred experience, and vital to our human being. It critically nurtures and makes whole what would otherwise be a shallow, half existence. It bridges us from the minor material world into the realm of spiritual connection with the Universal - with What and Whom we intrinsically know fully, yet have virtually no comprehension of.
- Kathy Marlene Bailey, November 2018