Katherine Lakeman, "Starburst Amaryllis," acrylic on canvas, 2002, 36" x 12".
Katherine Lakeman is inspired by the wonder of the natural world. A landscape painter in the summer, Lakeman works on location in the Columbia Icefields and the Monashees, where she can capture the natural light and beauty of her surroundings. She paints quickly, hoping to convey the energy she finds in the landscape. In the winter, Lakeman devotes herself to still lifes of colourful flowers. But she cannot stay inside for long. Lakeman’s passion for the outdoors is satisfied every spring when she organizes a two-week long workshop in San Miguel, Mexico, where she and her fellow artists paint and relish in what she calls a “true full blown spring”. Many of Lakeman’s current paintings are of subjects in San Miguel, and communicate to the viewer the beauty and lush surroundings of Mexico. Katherine Lakeman’s work can be found at Artspace in the Crossroads Market, 1235 – 26 Avenue SE, Calgary, and at Ferntree Gallery, 501 – 1 Street West in Cochrane.