“I see you are a stranger, may I offer you water?” “I see you are a stranger, would you like to sit in the shade of this tree?” “I see you are a stranger, shall I walk with you so will find your way?” And most recently, “You are American? I will pray for your country.” In the USA I paint landscapes. In Africa the people became my landscape; the graceful stature of the women, the flow of robes and the flash of light; the energy and strength of the fishermen and farmers. I took these images home with me.
Africa, The Women, began as a series of watercolor sketches done on the road, under a tree, or in a field. Back in the states I developed the sketches into larger pieces using a mixed medium including oil pastel, paper and paint.
To the people of Zimbabwe, Botswana, DRC, Cameroon, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, I say thank you for your hospitality to this stranger.
For 20 plus years Kathleen Walsh lived, worked and raised a family overseas, eight of those years in Africa. She launched her work a professional artist in 2002.
Gallery Flux Videos