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    Katherine Treffinger                                [Résumé]

    I spent my childhood in Sausalito, California in the 1950s.  It was a magical place, teeming with artists and creative expression.  Across the street from our house was one of the coffeehouses where the 'bohemians' came to listen to music, and writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac read from their work.

    It was a time when San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Sausalito were home to the abstract expressionist and Bay Area Figurative movements.  My missing toys were found in the neighbor’s sculptures.  I was often on tiptoes, peering into the windows of nearby studios and coffeehouses.  I thrived in the wondrous mystery of this world. 

    Later, as a young adult I had the good fortune to spend time in the studio of Joseph Raffael as his friend, and for a short while, as his assistant.  This was before I realized I wanted to be an artist myself.  I was greatly influenced by his enthusiasm, dedication, and his ability to create beauty. 

    In the process of creating I find joy in discovering harmony and beauty among the chaos. This mirrors my relation to life. Whether viewing or creating a painting, what holds my attention the most is a sense of history and mystery. Painting for me is all about the paint and, of course, the color. I lay the paint down and then start responding to it. I push myself to go beyond what is safe, nice or precious. I go into a part of the work I am enjoying and do something completely out of control. This forces me to keep working it. The result is that there arises a unique complexity within the resulting painting that cannot be preplanned or explained. When I stand before a work in progress, I am frequently lost, unaware of what to do. In fact, my most satisfying work comes from staying lost as navigational confidence is seldom productive for me. Each piece becomes the recording of a unique introspective and spiritual exploration.  I am primarily self-taught.

    My abstract work has been influenced by the work of the great Chinese abstract master Zao Wou Ki, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Willy Heeks, Per Kirkeby and Olav Chistopher Jensen. Figurative artists such as Nathan Olivera, Rick Bartow and Fritz Scholder have also been impactful in keeping me inspired.

    I now live in Eastern Oregon and am strongly influenced by the beauty of the area.