Artist Interview: Kitty Dudics

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 My Moth­er was an accom­plished painter. I remem­ber going to the Brownsville, Tx Art League with her. I was fas­ci­nat­ed by the skull on a desk there and the smell of tur­pen­tine. In ele­men­tary school one o my favorite pas­times was drawing.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 I majored in art at UT Austin and soaked up the design and draw­ing class­es. I loved draw­ing the fig­ure. When I took paint­ing I dis­cov­ered I was a colorist.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 I went to grad school the first time in San Miguel de Allende in Gua­na­ju­a­to, Mx. I loved paint­ing every­day. The city was an art colony and I grew artis­ti­cal­ly with much expo­sure to pro­fes­sors from oth­er coun­tries and var­i­ous loca­tions in the states. A few years lat­er I grad­u­at­ed from UT San Anto­nio with my MFA in Fine Arts. The draw­ing , paint­ing and art his­to­ry I learned there was expan­sive. I was for­tu­nate that sev­er­al of my paint­ing pro­fes­sors were excel­lent artists and mentors.
What is your process like?
 I love to paint water­col­or land­scape on site , mak­ing stud­ies for large oil paint­ings. I usu­al­ly work small, vary­ing the for­mat of the sheet or vary­ing the depth of the view, whether close up or far away.

When I have gath­ered enough visu­al infor­ma­tion, I lay down wash­es of thinned out oil paint. Often I will cre­ate an under­paint­ing in com­ple­men­tary col­ors to cre­ate a “zing” or high con­trast. I then lay down thick paint (impas­to) , vary­ing my strokes and sizes of brush­es to cre­ate tex­ture and vari­ety. I work in a patch like man­ner as I enjoy pat­terns found in nature (when paint­ing landscape.)
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
 Med­i­ta­tion, joy and sanc­tu­ary spaces influ­ence my sub­ject mat­ter. One of my great­est influ­ences is Matisse who said, “What I dream of is an art of bal­ance, puri­ty and seren­i­ty devoid of trou­bling or depress­ing sub­ject matter.…a sooth­ing, calm­ing influ­ence on the mind.”
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 Often­times the first washed lay­ers of oil paints merge togeth­er to form shapes on their own. These are fun sur­pris­es to pos­si­bly use in the composition.
Where do you see your work going from here?
 I like work­ing in series.…..and I am in the begin­ning of dis­cov­er­ing the East Texas flo­ra . Fall and spring have been very love­ly here in Tyler. Explor­ing East Texas skies, land­scape ele­ments and lakes are inspir­ing me now.