Wilmington, NC, artist Katherine Wolf Webb has always had a love for art. At the tender age of 7, she began experimenting with color by seeing how many different hues she could create with a watercolor set that her mother had given to her. The artist continues that same experiment to this day!
She spent her teen years in Charlotte, NC, where she excelled in the arts in high school, practicing music, sewing, drawing, and painting. She went on to receive her B.A. from Hollins College (now University), but she yearned to find greater artistic fulfillment. This pursuit led her to Europe, where she spent a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. From France, she traveled to England, Scandinavia, Russia, Germany, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, and Italy, exploring new avenues of European culture. Webb took a brief hiatus from her art-filled tours to marry the man of her dreams and devote herself to raising their three children. Lavishing her sons with adoration and a solid education, Webb is proud to have produced three above-average men.
Throughout her adventures, Webb always maintained a studio. Even if her atelier was more like a cramped closet, she continuously nurtured her artistic practice. Using her work to express her love of nature, Webb still studies, shows, paints, sculpts, creates (that’s the biggie),and live fabulously.
Art is defined in the dictionary as,”….the human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.”
If that statement is true, then these enormously complex actions are what feed and make my work. All is revealed in my home, the way I live, the way I work, the way I play, the way I grieve, and the way I express myself to the world; these are my life, my heart, and I am their slave. They manifest in paper, plastic, canvas, clay, metal, or earth–tangible materials .
I see my art as the creative solution to the inevitable challenges of self expression. My mind scrambles over itself, grasping at these elusive solutions. My art-making process is problem solving at its thorny best. It is both exhilarating and exhausting. I am simultaneously blessed and cursed…but, I wouldn’t have it any other way.