For me, both art and poetry are forms of meditation. Because I love Nature, and have a kinesthetic need to explore its intricacy and beauty, I have painted a plein air since childhood. I enjoy painting other subjects as well, particularly people and animals. I am increasingly interested in light play and how that is translated by different media. Painting is a celebration of what I see.
Singer, artist and poet, Kathryn Beam Troxler grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She obtained a Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sonoma State College. studied art at Stanford University and the San Francisco Institute of Fine Art. Years later in Greensboro, she studied painting with Chuck McLaughlin, Maggie Fickett, Alexis Lavine and Anne Kiefaber. As a member of the Pastel Society of NC, NC Open Plein Air Painters and Water Color Society of NC and has participated in many juried exhibitions in NC. In 2016, she and four other artists joined to form Suite Art 144, a studio/gallery at Revolution Mills in Greensboro.
In the year 2000, she co-founded the New Garden Poetry Group, which continues to this day. Their poetry collection, Lines from a Near Country, was published in 2003. A member of The Writers Group of the Triad, and the NC Writers Network, her poems have won awards and been published in several anthologies and magazines. Her collection of Poems, Tuning, with one of her paintings on the cover, recently won a Silver Medal for Inspirational Poetry in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Contest and is available at local bookstores and online.
Painting is one of the great joys of my life. As a child in California, I loved the natural world and drew constantly -- mostly horses for awhile. I went to high school outside Sedona where magnificent red rock formations changed moment by moment in the light, and the nights were so clear and the stars so bright that I could walk out into the desert for miles in the starlight. Nature has always been a source of inspiration and renewal for me, and plein aire painting allows me to commune with it, to immerse myself in beauty, light, color and form, to probe its structures and communicate my feelings and understanding.
I paint in watercolor, pastel and oil, enjoying the unique qualities of each medium. As a member of the Water Color Society of NC and the Pastel Society of NC, I have participated in juried exhibitions at Ambleside Gallery and in other venues. My work is in several private collections, is available through my website and at my new studio gallery, Suite Arte 144, 1250 Revolution Mills, Greensboro NC 27450.
My husband and I moved with our two daughters to Greensboro in 1982, and have been involved in the community since then. I spend much of my free time painting.