Kathie Chalker

The Art

Techniques

  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic
  • Coloured Pencil
  • Graphite

Approach / Inspiration

I began drawing horses and dogs as a child and was fascinated with the details in fur, hair and the way the animals held their head or the look in their eyes. My first art purchase (with my hard earned teenager’s allowance!) was a print of Albert J Casson of a horse completed in pointillism. This print still hangs in our home and is a reminder of what initially sparked my interest in pursuing detail and realism. As an adult, I began taking classes and workshops in acrylics and much later, watercolour. Although I enjoy looking at, and painting “the big picture”, I cannot help but be fascinated by the close up view that provides me with an examination of the details. Finally, discovering the world of plants, I am able to expand my enjoyment of obsessing on details while learning a new art form in botanical art. 

Biography

 I am a music educator by profession but have always enjoyed art, both as a viewer and participant. Although retired from teaching, my interests still include music, taking classes and workshops in acrylics and watercolour and enjoying the parallels between music and art. Travel is another one of my interests and each trip is often combined with taking hundreds of photos that may spark a painting or two down the road. I am currently living in St. John’s, NL with my husband and three dogs.

Exhibitions / Awards 

My watercolours are in private collections at home and abroad. I have participated in group exhibitions at MUNBG and private locations in St. John’s, NL.

  • What’s Your Poison 2023
  • Remembering  Joyce Cho 2023
  • Wildflower Wonders 2023
  • Rooted in Evil: Toxic Plants 2022
  • Grounded in Memory 2022
  • Buds, Blooms and Berries 2021
  • Murray’s Garden Cafe
  • MUNBG Tea Room
  • Rooted in Art: Native Plants of NL & Lab. 
  • Murray’s Garden Cafe
  • MUNBG Garden and Nature
  • Student of Dave Hoddinott Exhibitions
  • Where my Brush Takes Me
  • Various AANL Exhibits

Membership

  • Art Association of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador

Contact

E: kathie.e.chalker@gmail.com