Artist Statement

I have always been drawn to fibers, threads, yarns, and fabric. Starting with making pot holders when I was eight and progressing on to garment making, knitting and crocheting, embroidery, counted cross stitch, and quilting. It was not until I put my first piece of white fabric into the dye pot that I realized my passion is for color. Although I had been surrounding myself with color all my life through various fiber arts, I now realize my connection is to color for its own sake. I relate so much to artist Anne Truitt’s words “I felt myself to be color.” My work is a passionate investigation into the use of color to allow one to experience color. I believe we see color with our eyes, but we experience color though our soul. I am inspired by artist Mark Rothko and other color field artists whose work allows one to respond emotionally and/or spiritually to color alone, without any distraction from design or form. Working with encaustic medium, pan pastels, oils, fabric and dyes, I explore color, connecting to color on a deeper, more spiritual level.
“Color is like dipping into the ocean of the Soul…
…the mind relaxes…
…meets itself and then…
becomes still…” Stanko Ropic’ , German colorfield artist

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A resident of Clearwater, Florida, Kathleen Fulmer graduated from Eckerd College with a BA in Visual Arts. She was presented the “Excellence in Visual Arts Award” for academic excellence in the field of visual arts studies. Her work has been exhibited at The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Eckerd College, The Tampa International Airport, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center, HCC Gallery in Ybor City and other local galleries. She was an artist-in-residence for the Youth Arts Corps teaching fiber art and quilting classes for 8 years. She has presented workshops in surface design, dyeing techniques and encaustic mixed media. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild and Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA).