My name is Katherine Rose Barber. I am primarily a self taught artist, but I am currently majoring in art at Tarrant County College in North Texas. I am focusing on study in digital arts as well as more traditional methods of creating artwork. I hope to use my knowledge in both digital and traditional means to work in illustration, commercial art and design.
I have a vast knowledge of drawing and painting. My favorite artistic medium is the basic No. 2 Pencil, however I use mechanical pencil quite a lot as well. For my colored work I prefer working in watercolor or colored pencil. I sometimes use inking pens, India ink or acrylic paint in combination in my paintings and drawings to achieve bold shadows and highlights. I’ve also begun working in digital more, using programs like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter and more recently Adobe Illustrator.
I work to draw pictures that inspire emotion, awe, and visual interest with bold use of colors. I like to think my laughing faeries bring a smile to someone’s face, and that my more somber work makes people think. I absorb all the inspiration I can from nature, the internet, books, history, magazines, articles and discussions with my friends and fellow artists. I am always trying to improve my work through practice of new techniques and thinking outside the box. Through my years of sketching, painting and experimenting with new styles and mediums, I have managed to create a look and feel to my images that is my own. I was always one to go my own way, and carve my own path without much care of what other people may think because I am a dreamer.
Why faeries? I don’t think my choice to draw and paint faeries in particular was exactly intentional. It’s something that developed over time stemming from my love of fantasy and traditional fairytales, and also my long time interest in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and “things that fly”. I am an Aquarius through and through and we are in fact represented by the element of Air, so I guess it’s no wonder that I am drawn to beautiful, colorful and airy things in my art and in my life.