Artist Kaitlyn Page: Surrealism Inspired Portrait Paintings
My name is Kaitlyn Page and I’m a 25 year old Erie, Pennsylvania based watercolor & mixed media fine artist who enjoys exploring depth and meaning behind unity, oneness with self, psychology behind emotions and feelings, and man’s relationship/interconnectedness with the natural world. I would describe my work as being based on the surreal, psychedelia, and reality. I try to use these elements to create an ethereal and otherworldly realm where the metaphysical and natural world meet. I’ve always had a strong love for nature, meticulous detail, mysterious symbolism, and surrealism, which can often be found in my work.
I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, but I never really saw myself as being a professional artist at a young age. Becoming an artist came with time, just as most good things do. I struggled for several years thinking I should have gone to college to study art, or that I had no real direction as to where I wanted to take it. These things drove me to do what I do now and I have been working as a freelance artist since graduating highschool, although I really didn’t start to get anywhere until several years later. The first few years of my career was focussed solely on commission work, but as of recent, I have gotten away from this to focus more on things that genuinely inspire me to create. For the most part, I found commissions to be very stressful. I wanted to FEEL something; a spark that envelops you when you get an idea. That idea can give me the most visceral experience because I imagine what it would feel like to put down on paper and it’s just glorious. It’s more of an urge than just a simple desire to paint. I often enter into a “flow state,” where nothing else around me matters except for the world I am immersed in when painting and listening to music. It’s a place where the outside world can be tuned out and my inner world can be turned on.
People often ask where I get my inspiration from and how I work with watercolors in such a detail oriented way. I’ve always been someone who was driven by the idea of perfecting something. I’ve also always loved tiny details. As a child, I adored tiny replicas for their many minute details. Details make my world go round and I think working in watercolors satisfies this part of my natural desire for these things. Watercolor is a difficult medium that requires a lot of patience and many layers working with tiny brushes. You can’t afford to mess up a watercolor painting because there is no way to paint over imperfections. Every detail needs extreme attention and it’s the perfect challenge for someone like myself. ~ Kaitlyn Page
“Holding On To Letting Go,” Watercolor, 11×15″, 2020
“Lost In the Moment,” Surrealism portrait, Watercolor & White Ink, 9×12″, 2020
“Look Within, Too”
“Ripple II”, Watercolor & White Ink, 11×15″, 2020
“Mush Mouth,” Watercolor & White Ink, 9×12″, 2020
“Mystic,” Watercolor & White Ink, 11×15″, 2019
“Untitled,” Watercolor & White Ink, 10×10.5″, 2019
“Garden,” Watercolor & White Ink, 9×12″, 2019
“The Duet,” Watercolor, White Ink & Pen, 11×14″, 2015
Uniquely beautiful, edgy, & profound.