Kara Shaw

STATEMENT

When I rest my eyes upon the ballet created by water and light, my soul soaks in it, and that urge to document the beauty is intensified. Have you ever noticed how water dances with light? It’s mesmerizing, and it moves like a song. Within each of these delicately brief instances, I study the sublime light, those poetic water motions are where I sense the beginning of time, and where the Spirit of something greater than us is hovering above it all.
Standing on the banks of the water until the divine flow beckons me, and I take off my shoes, roll up my jeans, and slowly walk out in the middle of the dam to get the shot. From the top of the wall, wading in the water, it’s cold and up to my knees. The current is strong and fast, and presses itself evenly on the back of my legs. I document water with my camera, and then translate the images onto the canvas.
In the studio, the smell of oils softly float in the air; my fingertips glide over the smooth blank surface, I close my eyes and fill my lungs; my senses are magnified. The first mark feels
courageous as it introduces itself into the empty space. I am compelled to create work that invokes a sense of mystery and ethereal light.
ACTIVISM
In 2011 the Kara Shaw moved to Driftwood, from Austin. Their home is nestled on the banks of Onion Creek. Local water issues have inspired a transformation in Shaw’s style of work, especially after learning that wastewater discharge permits are being approved throughout the globe. Hydrologists are discovering that discharges are destroying natural habitats because of unhealthy algae blooms. As one of 4 founding board of directors for a nonprofit titled, POW (ProtectOurWater.org) She has dedicated her passion of wild waterway protection to create bodies of work which reflect a sense of beauty to invite the viewer to consider the sensitivity of our delicate ecosystem. Kara’s uses photographs she has taken from the creek water, edits the images, and illustrates from all or portions of a photo for each painting. A Portion of the artist’s proceeds go directly towards this effort to keep wild waters clean.

Kara lives in Driftwood with her loving family and works in Wimberley, her art studio is located on Ranch Road 12.

Kara

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"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you can't paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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