Kathleen Hurley Liao – Printmaker Interview
Kathleen Hurley Liao is a featured artist in our Second Annual Juried Show: Printmakers. The artist has three featured prints in the show, Charge shown below. Learn more about Kathleen Hurley Liao from the following interview:
1. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
Yes, it’s Kat. When I first started becoming more involved in the local arts scene, someone gave me a name badge with Kat on it (Kathleen was too long to fit) and it stuck. Pun not intended, initially.
2. Where did you grow up?
Belle Mead, NJ.
3. Who was/is your biggest influence for your art?
John Coltrane. He’s all about letting the spirit take hold, and pulling harmony, dissonance, and rhythm into one beautiful whole. Jazz has been my abstract art teacher.
4. Who is your favorite artist and why?
I do not have a favorite, but one of the first who really grabbed my attention was Matisse. His use of color makes his work pulsate.
5. What color best describes you and why?
I’m unable to think of one, but a friend recently told me I am all colors of the rainbow. I’ve always been strongly attracted to lime green, though. It’s lively and happy.
6. How would you describe your fashion style?
I like wearing modern and vintage dresses. Put one on, you’re done, and ready for anything. Except sports, but that’s fine.
7. What was the first piece you created/sold?
My first sale was a pastel entitled “Rose Liaison,” a representational piece I made when I first started drawing again, after a 25 year break. I’ve been painting only abstracts for several years now.
8. What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Openness. Allow the unpredictable to happen and follow it.
9. What’s your favorite piece of artwork?
I really don’t have a favorite, so I’m going to randomly pick an art book from my shelf and find a painting I very much like. Here’s one, an abstract by Jean Dubuffet: “Mire G 14 (Bolivar).” It is buzzing with energy.
10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
“Work larger.” It made me stretch both literally and figuratively.