• Clear-cut

    Clear-cut

    Graphite on paper | 10” x 13” | 2013

  • The Sprouted House

    The Sprouted House

    Graphite on paper | 10” x 14” | 2013

  • The Mendicant Friar

    The Mendicant Friar

    Acrylic on wood | 18” x 24” | 2012

  • The Lepidopterist

    The Lepidopterist

    Acrylic on wood | 18” x 24” | 2012

  • The Lost Summer

    The Lost Summer

    Acrylic on wood | 11” x 14” | Commission | 2011

    Private collection | Portland, OR

  • The Medicine Maker

    Acrylic on Wood | 18" x 24" | 2011

    The Medicine Maker

    This Raven has been sick.
    Her song has been silent.
    She wakes each morning unable to lift her wings.


    She has become a flightless bird
    and all the while cannot help but ponder her worth, during the long days and the long nights.


    All her prior attempts
    at creating a lasting remedy have failed.
    Yet, the Raven wears her winged amulet helmet
    for luck and as a reminder of the eminent cure,
    she has willed herself to find.


    Through much self study
    and pharmaceutical trial and error,
    she has developed a short-lived potion,
    which she must drink each day in order to fly.


    The problem is the incredible cost
    of the raw ingredients.
    She makes her own medicine
    and knows if it is mixed correctly,
    it will weigh and cost more
    than all the gold and finery she can find.


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  • Her Memory of the Sea

    Acrylic on Wood | 11" x 14" | 2011
    Sold | Private Collection | St. Louis, MO

    Her Memory of the Sea

    A long lost love has come back to me
    She gathers the Sea’s bounty with meticulous care
    I can see each of her talents stacked high -
    Up to the sky

    Up where her wings touch
    Up where my soul is fed


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  • Honorable Hare

    Acrylic on Wood | 18" x 24" | 2010

    Honorable Mention

    This hare is very upset. He came to the Fair to win. He knew the competition at the Science Fair would be fierce, yet he entered his experiment proudly.

    Being thorough and organized, the hare scientist demonstrated his theory using every means possible; carefully prepared test tubes, colorful graphs and charts, a giant molecular model, and his crowning jewel, the Erlenmeyer flask full of his magic bubbling potion.

    After the awards were given he stood motionless for a few moments confounded and devastated, reluctantly wearing his conspicuous Honorable Mention ribbon around his neck. He could not understand how all of his research, hard work, and effort did not impress the judges and earn him first prize.

    .....................................


    This is a painting about the unfair pressure and expectations we often place on ourselves to succeed. Ironically, this kind of fine focus and concentration toward a goal can limit our scope and vision, blindly sabotaging our efforts from the very start. We can be so unforgiving and self-deprecating, especially when we look to others for ultimate approval and validation of our own self worth.

    The hare scientist should be proud of achieving everything he set out to do. Instead, he stands devastated having relied on the judges’ subjective opinion to gage his own talent and merits.

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from the artist

My ideas for my paintings and drawings always begin in my sketchbook. I never know what’s going to come out. I gain a sense of relief and closure with each finished piece. I think we all need to find a healthy vehicle to communicate our emotions to others. They just get bottled up without it and we can never move forward. This is why I create.
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contact kathleen powers

Kathleen Powers lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She explores her style of illustrative fine art through drawings, paintings and set designs for personal projects and commissions. Most pieces featured on this website are available for purchase or show. Kathleen welcomes any questions or comments.


The Sentinel
Midnight Portrait
The Pious Sailor
Wolf Raven
Deschutes Brewery - Jubelale, 2004
Jubelale
The Two Roses
Honorable Mention
Her Memory of the Sea
The Medicine Maker
The Lost Summer
The Lepidopterist
The Mendicant Friar