A Little About Me
Kathryn Vinson grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado, surrounded by the grandeur of 14 thousand ft. peaks . There she was introduced to the wonderful community of artists attracted to the beauty of the area from which she learned so very much. She attended UNC in Greeley CO as an art major, then married and moved to Idaho with her husband to raise two daughters. In 2004 she studied stone carving at Marble/marble Stone Carving Symposium, igniting her passion for stone sculpture and starting her journey as a full time sculptor . In 2012 she moved back to Colorado and has enjoyed being, once again, in a community of artists. Her work is on permanent display at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. She has shown at Loveland Sculpture in the Park for 5 years , Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, and is part of the 2020 Colorado Governor's show . At her Stony Ground Studios in Loveland, Vinson finds abundant inspiration in her garden and the wilds of Colorado. Kathryn Vinson's sculptures are an expression of her love of nature carved into stone and wood , materials that lend themselves to unique one of a kind designs. She is continually moved by the natural world: the slow unfurling of a moonflower, the ordered yet organic forms of plants and insects and the world of tiny things brought into close-up focus. As a carver, she finds her passion in unlocking the ability of stone to capture these forms and moments so they can be remembered and cherished in the moments that we choose. She tends to create botanical forms as she has a fascination with their stories and how we humans interact with our environments. Many of her works have an Arts and Crafts or Naturalist Botanical Illustration sensibility to them, but they also contain contemporary elements. Her materials are natural, they have a character of their own, so creating with them is an intimate partnership. She uses a combination of power and hand tools to remove material until the form becomes elegant and true to her vision. This allows the stone itself to have a say in what it is to become. Her works are creations of both the materials themselves and what I see the stone possibly embodying.