Katherine McDowell

Lake Monotype 273
8 x 8 Monotype, 2016


I seek in my art what I seek in my life: grace, beauty, truth, wisdom and peace. My work is a celebration of my love for the colors and textures of nature. To this end, I strive to unveil its subtle mysteries. I require my work to go beyond the decorative; it must go deeper to a level of providing solace, most akin to the peaceful experience of staring into the mirror of reflective water.

I have a need to explore, experiment and play during my process. I intend to decode the secrets behind the visual interpretation of our natural world – the qualities of light, the subtleties of texture, the harmonies of color. I experiment with various techniques and compositions, but most importantly, my process satisfies the universal human need to play.


Katherine McDowell is a versatile printmaker and painter currently focusing on monotypes. Her current series of over 400 prints, “Lake Monotypes” has been widely shown and purchased since its inception in 2008. Prints from this series have been selected for 7 regional solo exhibitions and accepted into 22 national juried group exhibitions. Katherine is represented by The Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery and ReSale Gallery. She is a member (and former Board member) of Print Arts Northwest.