K  A  T  H  E  R  I  N  E   K  E  A  N   Painting Nature's moods.   
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Whenever I interpret nature on canvas, I often look up to admire the patterns of
cloud and rain in the sky. Sometimes it’s the birds I notice, the way in which they
fly from place to place during their pre-roosting ritual, growing in strength and
numbers with each to and fro. As I continue my work exploring the natural
intersection of order and chaos,
Murmuration aims to depict the exhilarating,
liberating, and often mystifying experience of watching birds flock together in
complex loops, figures, spirals, and other fascinating choreographies.

To capture the intricate beauty of the flock’s aerobatic maneuvers, I paint the
birds, glaze them over, and repaint. I repeat this process several times to allow the
edges to blur and, when appropriate, disappear into the background. The result: an
occasional wing, beak, or tail that stands out amidst the chaos of the flock’s
fluctuating movements, and an image that questions the mysterious border
between perception and understanding.
Katherine Kean Fine Art                  Tujunga, CA    91042                  818-352-9547