KATHY BRADSHAW is a Saskatoon-based artist who works with a range of subject matters in oil and encaustic, an ancient medium treasured for its luminosity, layering capabilities and mysterious nature. Since receiving her B.F.A. with great distinction from the U. of S. in 2005, Bradshaw has taken an array of classes from local and international artists, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Western Canada and won several awards for her landscape work and animal portraiture. This June, she will be attending the 12th Annual International Encaustic Conference in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Expressive mark-making, colour, texture, light, and shadow all play a powerful role in Bradshaw’s art. Her current focus is the power of space in the northern landscape and animal portraiture. Equally fascinated and haunted by the vastness of the prairies and the solitude and complexity of the forest, Bradshaw takes inspiration from Thoreau’s teachings to convey the landscape as a form of escape, a return to self and a means to spiritual growth. Similarly inspired by the spiritual and symbolic connections in animals, she seeks to capture their character, beauty and strength through gaze and gesture.
Bradshaw’s work is part of private, public and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Germany.