PEN & INK
Kat Zinn studied fine art, graphics and illustration at UC Riverside and worked for a number of years as a graphic artist in Los Angeles, California before returning home to the state of Michigan. For the past 24 years she has shown and sold her art not only throughout the United States, but also internationally. Her drawings are created from her imagination; in fact she says she generally has no preconceived notion of what she will draw when she begins. Labeled a pen and ink artist, her unique technique for applying ink has received much praise, as well as several awards, including First Place in 2D at Tawas Bay Art Festival (2019) and Best of Show Tawas Bay Art Festival (2019), Judges Award at Shelby Township Art Festival (2019), and Second Place at the Thumb Area Guild fine Arts (2019),
I believe Good Art inspires people on some level. It is a form of communication that cannot be easily explained.
As an artist my mission is to create positive energy through the medium of Ink; to connect with people though the silent language of art; and bring enrichment to their lives via my art.
I Love to ‘Play’! I love to explore new ideas and techniques. I believe that as an artist this is necessary to continue to grow. My work comes completely from my imagination. Most often I have no idea where a piece will take me when I begin. It is subject to my moods, the weather and location. A piece I draw on a rainy day in the house will be very different from one I draw sitting beneath the Tamaracks on the Lake Huron Shoreline.
I work with ink and various materials; such as technical pens, watercolor brushes, fibers, and organic materials to create lines, color and textures. Currently my favorite thing to do is to create a color texture first with no preconceived notion of where the piece will take me. Then I ‘doodle’ with technical pens to create the line-work. Sometimes I’ll add more ink in areas over the top and finish with more pen detail.
Nature and music are my two greatest influences. Both of which touch us on many levels, often deep in our subconscious. Music is everywhere, beyond the radio or your favorite songs, or a summer concert in the park. Music is everywhere - the wind in the trees, and waves on the shore make music. We may not realize just how much or why music touches us, but it inspires our lives. Good art should be the same way. It should bring a smile or a tear, or just make us feel good for no particular reason.