I grew up surrounded by diverse paintings of varying quality, and a few
wonderful portraits. The portraits came with stories: who the people were,
what happened in their lives. I loved to look at these single images as I
heard the stories.
One fall, when I was a child, my
parents gave a big party. In preparation for the event they had their
porch enclosed with plywood, then hired a cartoonist from the city’s paper
to illustrate a scene of happy guests singing, dancing, talking and
laughing. It was all done in black, white and values of gray. I thought it
was wonderful. The idea of creating a party on walls remains with me.
paintings are personal constructions. Hopefully they are engaging, amusing
I was at the Museum School in Boston in the early
1970’s and worked for a B.A. in Art History at the Massachusetts College
of Art in the mid 90’s.
The majority of my work is commissioned.
Katharine Bell, 1995