Kathryn Taunton grew up in the Sydney suburb of Epping and has lived on the Central Coast for the past 27 years. Her formal art education started at 16 when she attended Meadowbank technical school; fast forward 30 odd years and she returned to TAFE to study Fine Art, completing an Advanced Diploma in 2013, than on to The National Art School, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2016.
Kathryn’s influences, and how she approaches her creative process, is a combination of having a very solid background in art training, and the willingness to experiment with different ideas and approaches that she might not necessarily be comfortable with.
“ I have always been very open to new techniques and different ways in my approach to mark making. For me it’s to continually push myself, go out of my comfort zone, because within that I discover things about myself I didn’t know possible.”
In her final year at The National Art School, Kathryn found herself exploring different ways in which to apply paint to canvas, rather than just painting with a brush on an easel.
She discovered the paint roller and acetate as a way to apply paint, working with the canvas on the floor, which she says she really enjoys because she can continually walk around the canvas or get down and up close. She says, “This way I feel I have a greater connection with what I am working on and doing this allows me to become a part of It”.
Mainly using Golden Liquid paints, and currently having lots of fun working with metallic and interference paint, Kathryn likes to build up a painting by working in multiple layers and varying thickness and thinness of paint. She will allow the paint to direct her to where it wants to go, but will also manipulate it at the same time. The process can be quite energetic; then at other times it’s a waiting game to allow the paint to dry, creating a layering effect. Continuing this technique is a challenge – to see how far it can go.
Kathryn Taunton creating in her NAS studio
Kathryn Taunton working her NAS studio
Materials in Kathryn Taunton’s NAS studio