Kathryn Marsh Riedinger
My painting is about light. My subject? Early morning, late afternoon, shadows, ever-changing weather conditions, an interesting abstract pattern among the trees. Any small moment that capture my attention while on a hike, skiing, driving becomes a subject for a painting.
Setting up my easel outdoors, I attempt to take accurate notes of whatever has caught my attention so I can use the information to expand the idea in the studio. The purpose of plein air painting is to study light and the effect on atmosphere, objects, color and value.
Since light is truly my subject, I paint a variety of scenes: western landscape, urban, still-life, figurative in a loose, colorful impressionist style in oils.