By day, Kati Ramer works in software sales, and by night and weekends, she is a self-taught artist who loves painting the vast beauty of the desert. “My day job is such a dramatic contrast to painting—it’s fast-paced, high-stress, and very cerebral,” the Austin, Texas, artist says. “I like to tell myself that I’m working all parts of my brain by doing both.”
Kati uses heavy acrylics to bring texture and depth to her work, and one of her favorite landscapes is the Chisos mountains in the Big Bend area of West Texas. She takes photographs and paints scenes later in her home studio, though she dreams of someday participating in Big Bend National Park’s artist residency program, a month-long, plein air program. “It sounds glorious,” she says.
Minted: What strikes you about The Chisos?
Kati Ramer: Big Bend is pure magic. It’s remote in the truest sense of the word. It’s the least visited National Park in the country due to the accessibility, but it contains such a rich diversity of scenery—mountains, rivers, canyons. I’m constantly begging people to visit. There is absolutely no place like the desert to find stillness and silence, which I think we’re all desperate to find. In contrast, the grandeur of the Chisos Mountains remind you how small you are in the very best sort of way. It’s easy to forget about the little hurts and worries and frustrations of life when you stand beside or atop the mountains.
Why do you make art?
Art is a strong form of connection. The artist creates something from their point of view, from their experiences, from their imagination, and the viewer is invited to join them in that moment in time or in that feeling. It’s a window into their world. That is a really beautiful prospect in a world that moves so quickly and often lacks genuine connection.
What drives you, and when and where does your inspiration tend to come from?
Traveling and spending time in nature never ceases to inspire me. If I’m out hiking or exploring, I’m consistently taking note of colors, shapes, shadows, the way things move and how it feels. I try to capture that with my brush. I’m also endlessly inspired by the artist community. We recently moved to Austin and this city is brimming with art. It keeps me inspired and motivated to keep creating.
How does Minted fit into your life?
One of the best things about Minted has been hearing from people who have my work in their homes or who have seen my work in friends’ homes because they purchased prints through Minted. I love that I’ve been able to share my paintings more broadly than I would otherwise be able to on my own.
About the Author: Amy Schroeder, Minted’s Community Content Manager, founded Venus, the magazine about women in the arts and DIY culture, and has written for Etsy, West Elm, Pitchfork, and NYLON. Connect on Instagram @thevenuslady.
Published June 15, 2017No comments