Indiana artist and plein air painter
|Kit Miracle, Artist and plein air painter
Kit recently retired Executive Director of the Jasper Arts Department
in Jasper, Indiana. She lives in rural Crawford County, a place of extraordinary beauty and peace. She has been
creating art professionally since 1983. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and has won many
awards. Kit currently makes her home on a small farm in Southern Indiana with her husband and assorted pets.
It has always been my contention than an artist should paint what she knows. My work primarily centers on local
scenes and people. Like many artists, I see colors that other people might overlook. As I travel throughout my
day, I am always noticing shapes and contrasts and nuances. When I point them out to others, I'm surprised that they
haven't even noticed.
Many of my
paintings seem to resonate with viewers. The elderly couple caught in a shaft of light at the market, the splash of
red in a field of poppies, reflected light on old sandstone archways. I'm always delighted when someone stands before
one of my paintings and I hear that "a ha" intake of breath. That's the way I felt when I saw the subject
and it's nice to know other human beings feel that way, too.
I have had a few pivotal points in my artistic life. One was when I spent
several weeks biking through the south of France. Not only did I fall in love with the region - the colors, landscape,
buildings, culture - but I returned with a renewed passion for painting. This turned out to be a huge success, not only
from my own career viewpoint but resonated with the public as well. More recently, I have developed a passion for American
regional plein air painting groups. This includes The Hoosier Group (T.C. Steele, et al), the Pennsylvania Impressionists
(Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield), and, of course, the California Impressionists, particularly Edgar A. Payne. Just as
they concentrated on depicting the everyday scenes and landscapes of their lives, so I am inspired to capture the ordinary
and extraordinary of my own life. This includes the people and places that mean the most to me. Just as writers
are often advised to write what you know, I concentrate on painting what I know.
Art is such an integral part of our lives that we often overlook its importance.
Imagine a grey and drab world without art, without designers or movie makers, without photographers. We all need a little
more sunshine and more smiles in our lives and that is my primary goal.