Work samples

  • Nature's Son
    This 12"x16" watercolor painting depicts the free spirit of a child in nature. Being as one with the natural environment and lost in a day dream. The background was created using plastic wrap to create various interesting forms that were then painted into to develop the foliage.
  • Pheasent's Next Meal
    A pheasant scratches the ground looking for it's next meal. Blue underpainting in this watercolor piece makes the image glow while various techniques give texture and life to the bird's feathers.
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    Fee Fi Fo Fum was inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk as depicted at Clark's Farm in Clarksville, Maryland. The plein air event also showcased sunflowers.The giant's feet are in view above the many sunflowers as he climbs down the beanstalk in search of Jack who is hiding while holding the golden goose in the lower right corner of the piece.
  • Within Reach
    This 10'x14' watercolor shows a girl overlayed by a fence. The orbs represent opportunity. These opportunities may disappear or float away before she is able to reach and take hold of them.

About Katherine

Howard County
Katherine Wah has exhibited watercolors and mixed media art in  non juried shows in Howard County area since 2019. After completing college, her focus had been on family and her career in special education. She began studying watercolor and mixed media at the Howard County Center for the Arts and continues to study drawing and watercolor. Her art focuses on her past and present experiences and is influenced by nature. She communicates ideas while experimenting with process… more

Thoughts Internal

Images of people convey the complicated life of thoughts that are individual but bring us together as people who strive to understand others of different backgrounds and experiences. We can never truly understand the experiences and feelings of others, but through my art I look to get the viewer to understand what another might think or believe. We all have the desire to be purposeful, fulfilled and happy in our individual lives but we should look to enrich our lives by listening to others and striving to understand other perspectives. 
  • Nature's Son
    This 12"x16" watercolor painting depicts the free spirit of a child in nature. Being as one with the natural environment and lost in a day dream. The background was created using plastic wrap to create various interesting forms that were then painted into to develop the foliage.
  • Brave Ajiza
    Ajiza means brave. This 12"x16" mixed media piece was created using watercolor and handmade paper added in both her clothing and background. Many children in the Middle East have had to be brave in the face of the many adverities that they have had to experience.
  • Within Reach
    This 10'x14' watercolor shows a girl overlayed by a fence. The orbs represent opportunity. These opportunities may disappear or float away before she is able to reach and take hold of them.
  • Commonality
    Watercolor 10"x14"depicting solidarity and commonality of two African American women working for change and moving forward while holding on to their identities.
  • ADA_30.jpg
    People experiencing disability has been seen as less than, locked away and marginalized. ADA gives the keys to each of us to see every one of us as part of the whole of our community.This 18"x24"water media piece was developed as 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and the Howard County Commission on Disabilities invited artists to mark this milestone anniversary.

Members of the Kingdom

Members of the animal kingdom are facinating because their differences are so vast.  Living in a great variety of environments from ocean to air, they possess different attributes and have roles to play.  The may be a predator in one situation or the prey in another. Their shapes, form and colors vary from each animal making each unique and a challenge to capture.
  • On Alert
    The fox turns looking and listening intensely for the source of the sound. He is on alert for predators and prey alike.
  • Pheasent's Next Meal
    A pheasant scratches the ground looking for it's next meal. Blue underpainting in this watercolor piece makes the image glow while various techniques give texture and life to the bird's feathers.
  • The Sentry
    The owl, the sentry of the forest, sits high above watching over the frigid scene. Blues and purples depict the cold while a brightening in the sky tells of the coming morning casting muted shadows from the trees on the the snowy forest floor.
  • Gambel's Quail
    A Gambel's Quail sits observing his surroundings in this 9"x12" watercolor.
  • In the Pasture
    A shepherd mix looks expectantly toward the gazebo set in the pasture in this 9"x12" watercolor.

Faces

These projects work to convey the emotions involved in living. Each of us experience life differently but can also exxperience it through the faces and emotions of others. We empathize and sympathize with others which connects us as humans.  
  • Niko
    Niko wearing his shapka hat, looks on at the first snow of the season in this 4x6: mixed media watercolor/
  • Snow 1
    The snow swirls in blues, purples and silver of winter in this 4x6" mixed media watercolor.
  • Serena
    The sparkle of blowing snowflakes into the air is like making a winter wish.
  • Marcus
    Delighted by the snow, his smile can not be contained in this 4x6" mixed media watercolor..
  • Janine
    Janine gazes up as the snow floats in the air in this 4x6' mixed media watercolor.
  • Rebecca
    Rebecca enjoys the quiet that a blanket of snow brings in this 4x6" mixed media watercolor.
  • Mae
    Mae's head is tipped back and eyes closed in her attempt to catch snowflakes on her tongue in this 4x6" mixed media watercolor piece.
  • Snow 2
    Snowflakes glisten and shine as the sun reflects off on them in this 4x6" mixed media watercolor.
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    This mixed media watercolor work shows how each of us enjoys the first "big" snow of the winter differently but this joy unites us. The 4x6" individual pieces are shown through the window panes as the observer joins in.

Fanciful Gardens

Gardens are a place of wonder! The colors, shapes and scent of the flowers, animals and earth can capture the imagination or set it free especially after a brief Spring rain. The light in a garden can reveal things previuosly unseen if the observer is willing to stop and rest for a moment and let the garden in.
  • IMG_0412.jpg
    Fee Fi Fo Fum was inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk as depicted at Clark's Farm in Clarksville, Maryland. The plein air event also showcased sunflowers.The giant's feet are in view above the many sunflowers as he climbs down the beanstalk in search of Jack who is hiding while holding the golden goose in the lower right corner of the piece.
  • In the Pasture
    A shepherd mix looks expectantly toward the gazebo set in the pasture in this 9"x12" watercolor.
  • Gambel's Quail
    A Gambel's Quail sits observing his surroundings in this 9"x12" watercolor.

Life in Miniature

Miniatures have been a way for me to experiment with different processes and "find" images to bring out of these "experiments" to develop into finished pieces of art. Working in small scale, has given me permission to risk something new and then commit to the ideas and beauty found within each. Each miniature painting varies depending on my focus and thought process on a given day. This allows me to stretch and incorporate my own internal thoughts and feelings and hopefully connect to the viewer.
  • Promised Land
    This 4"x6" mixed media piece is created using watercolor and handmade paper depicts a landscape reminiscent of the Middle East.
  • Encircling Snow
    Snow and wind are the focus in this 4"X6" miniature winter artwork. It was created in mixed media including watercolor colored paper and silver stamping.
  • Blue Cabin
    The blue cabin is nestled into the pines in the 4"x6" piece. It was created using cool winter watercolors and layered pieces of water colored paper.
  • Forest Guardian
    The Forest Guardian is the protector of the winter forest. She is created on a watercolor background and given form using mixed media.
  • Summer Harvest
    This 4"x6" mixed media piece depicts the ending of summer and arrival of harvest season. summer and Autumn mix. It was created using warm golden tones of Autumn watercolor in the background and the waining colors of Summer mixed media in the foreground.

Out of the Box

Boxes can take many forms, shapes and sizes and have many purposes. I have taken wooden boxes and transformed them with a variety of subjects. Most have come from recycled cigar boxes and become items of beauty.
  • All That Jazz.jpg
    This jazz themed box is made from a recycled cigar box. It depicts musicians and a jazz singer using multimedia techniques and intricate hand cut designs and patterns.
  • Softly Searching
    The sly fox is softly searching for it's prey from a bold blue and yellow design. The pattern gives motion and feeling to the environment.
  • Hoo Goes There?
    Recycled cigar box showing a watchful owl painted in watercolor with tree branches extending and carved into the lid around the image. There are woodland animals "hidden" on each side of the box.
  • Winter Scape
    This winter box combines collage and white, blue and purple acrylic paint for a frosty feeling in this winter scape.
  • Sea Glider.jpg
    Green and blue sea turtle gliding smoothly underwater on a recycled cigar box. Each side is cover with the mixed media ocean scene.
  • Rodeo Cowboy
    This western themed recycled cigar box shows a cowboy on a bucking bronco silhouette, hand painted with a bandana pattern silhouette and a collaged landscape with western stars.
  • Mighty Oak
    The art on this cigar box was incorporated with the collaged images I added. The fall colors evoke the Autumn season and the box is lined with a coordinating olive plaid fabric.