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Artists Have Resonance

15 Nov
beautiful watercolor painting of white and pink baneberries by artist Katie Turner

Watercolor on paper, 20″x 16″ by Katie Turner

Art is an extremely reflective process that brings the artist closer to his/her own beauty and sensitivity.  It connects the artist to his/her inner thoughts and feelings as well as connecting others in the general population.  Artists become sensitized to patterns, content, narrative, movement, and nature. Art is a deep form of communication and great rewards stem from that create process.


Capturing Nature

3 Mar


deep red floral blooms on burnt umber stalks

                        “Blooms” Watercolor on Terraskin paper by Katie Turner.

I came across this quote and just had to share it here.

“Nature is so powerful, so strong.  Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather.  It takes you to a place within yourself.”  ~ Annie Leibovitz

Natur-Tyme Gallery Artist Reception

24 Feb
blue flowers in loose style, watercolor painting

“Blues” Watercolor on Terraskin paper (by Katie Turner) on display at Natur-Tyme, DeWitt, New York.

For those who are local (Central New York Area) please join me tomorrow evening (Thursday, February 25th, 2016) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an Artist Reception.  The painting above is one of several that will be displayed and all art will be 10% off tomorrow only.  There are many pieces priced under $100 and some matted (unframed) originals for much less.  All of my art is original (no prints).  In addition to myself, three other artists will also be displayed – Maria Rizzo (the Artist-in-Residence), Blane Berry and Annie Taylor.  Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there.



3160 Erie Blvd., East

DeWitt, New York 13214

(315) 488-6300



Roadside Daylilies

31 Aug

Over the weekend I delivered two paintings to the Utica Library.  I’m participating in the Central New York Watercolor Society Signature Show for the month.  The show is filled with amazing watercolor paintings by many Central New York Artists.  I was impressed with how much talent is right here in the local area.  If you like watercolor definitely take the time to visit.  Here are the two paintings I have hanging in the show.

swaying daylilys

Roadside Daylilies #1”
by Katie Turner
Daylilies are a very temporary flower, usually dying within a day. Like the daylily, our cry goes up that life is short and our cup too little filled. Oh to have given others as much pleasure as freely as the daylily.

Roadside Daylilies #2 by Katie Turner Seeing Daylilies alongside the road is like a breath of fresh air. I think some farmer’s wife must have planted them long ago – before they moved. Now I get to enjoy these glimpses of color, left to the wild.

Roadside Daylilies #2
by Katie Turner
Seeing Daylilies alongside the road is like a breath of fresh air. I think some farmer’s wife must have planted them long ago – before they moved. Now I get to enjoy these glimpses of color, left to the wild.

Art Healing Soldiers

17 Jun
Beautiful green wild flowers, daisies and cattails

Floral Symphony #5,
Watercolor by Katie Turner


I recently came across an article in the May 2015 issue of VFW Magazine by Kelly Gibson on Art & Combat.  She wrote about a program that Elizabeth Washburn has that helps combat veterans use art as an expressive outlet.

I’ve often been intrigued by art as a healing tool.  I know the positive effects it has on me and have often thought it would provide some type of healing in others too.  Combat Veterans are near and dear to my heart.  I’ve known a few soldiers that have returned from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan but one in particular I’ve seen up close – that is my husband.  I am excited to see the use of art and classes and special programs to help healing.

Gibson mentions that the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago has been dedicated to art since 1981, providing a place to offer therapy for the veteran-artists.  You can check out their current display at www.nvam.org.  Elizabeth Washburn’s Combat Arts San Diego can be found at www.combatartssd.org.

More From The Sketch Journal

8 May
sketch & watercolor picture of foliage

From the pages of Katie Turner’s Sketchbook.

fall foliage, watercolor & ink

Sketch from the artist journal of Katie Turner.

Here are a few more sketches I have worked on.

Concerning drawing, Gerhard Gollwitzer said,

“How should you start then? Look at the subject as if you had never seen it before.”

Replenishing Supplies & Shows

8 Jan
soft white and yellow flowers spill across green foliage

“Day 3 Floral” a watercolor painting by Katie Turner


picture of paint palette, water, brushes

Taking stock of your art supplies for the new year.

The new year is a great time for artists to take stock of what supplies are lacking and whats left.  I see a lot of clearance sales both in store and online which make it a perfect time to re-stock art supplies.   With one recent sale, I was able to purchase an entire roll of my favorite paper at half price.  I feel like I’ve been waiting all year to stock up!

For the month of January, three of my paintings (including the one posted above) are hanging with the Central New York Art Guild Show at the Baldwinsville Public Library in Baldwinsville, New York.  The link to their site: http://www.bville.lib.ny.us/  I was thrilled they selected one of my paintings to advertise on their site.

A second show I’m in is the Associated Artists of Central New York “Outside/In” exhibition.  Karen Kozicki, a member of the Associated Artists, and a terrific photographer invited me to show as a guest.  This show opens January 10th and runs through February 28th.  The reception for this show is on January 18th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Manlius Library where the show is hung.  That library link is: http://www.manliuslibrary.org/

A third show which began in November and will continue until sometime mid-February is a solo show at the Chittenengo Middle School.  This library space is not really accessible to the public (unless special arrangements are made) but is a show geared to the aspiring art students at CMS.