A Place in Time
How much can one learn about an artist by looking at her work? A review of painter Kathleen Hatcher’s latest pieces reveals a good deal about the outspoken artist’s life and passions.
Abandoned tabby structures deserted from long ago, expansive marshes and waterways all convey a sense of peace and solitude while simultaneously portraying a feeling of whimsey. Hatcher’s bold use of color and strong compositional elements convey the intense beauty the artist sees in the world around her. Her paintings invite the viewer on a journey to explore a world that lies far from the hustle of everyday life.
Hatcher’s personal journey as an artist began in childhood. Her grandparents lived and worked on Saint Catherine’s Island off the Coast of Georgia for the Edward J. Noble Foundation. At a very early age she was taught how to identify plants, trees, animals and much of nature found on the island.
In her early teens, Hatcher was drawing upon that tutelage creating her art. Hatcher went on to study fine art at Memphis State University, Rosemont Cottage in South Carolina and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She focused on fine art classes and darkroom photography. She expresses her love of capturing disappearing lifestyles in her drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and ceramics.
In the early nineties, Hatcher moved back to the Coast from Macon and began a fine art printing business: Creations Ink. Within a year, she committed to creating her own paintings in earnest. Her work has been exhibited in Savannah along with fellow artist and sister, Patricia Mathews. After moving to Richmond Hill in 2007, Hatcher and Mathews joined together with other local artists to form Arts on the Coast. They both paint with 3 other artists who call themselves The 5. Hatcher spent many years developing her style, using reference photographs taken while cruising the Intercoastal Waterways, the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico with her late husband.
Her travels inspired paintings that tell a story but she is always eager to ask her viewers what they think drawing upon their own experiences and emotions. For her part of the story she says “I want to create paintings from memories that convey a bit of mystery, whimsey, adventure and sometimes danger.” Hatcher currently divides her time painting with The 5 and remaining an active participant in Arts on the Coast.