Fueled by daily experimentation, the free-flowing expression of the human form, the energy of working from life, and her Peruvian heritage, Katherine Martinez is constantly producing new works of art in a continuous effort to push her artistic boundaries. She believes the best works of art have the power to transcend reality and expose raw emotions and truths that a viewer may have never realized before. Gathering inspiration from all areas of life, Katherine constantly feels the urge to create, only matched by her desire to learn.
Katherine draws inspiration from a variety of sources, each bringing different artistic qualities to her work. Drawing on the energy and gusto of living artists like Richard Schmid, Yim Maukun, and Brian Rutenberg, the masterful draftsmanship of the French neoclassicists, Dutch, and Russian artists, and the vibrant color palette of the 19th Century Impressionists, Katherine attempts to weave the thread between classical and contemporary works.
As a recent graduate from Richland Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Art, Katherine is currently apprenticed to figurative artist Michael Mentler at the Society of Figurative Arts, while winning scholarships to study with other accomplished artists across the nation, and working part time as a Gallery Assistant/Custom Frame Designer and Artist for the Dutch Art Gallery.