Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kathie Chicoine

For as along as I can remember, I've loved going to art exhibits and galleries.
I never considered being an artist.
I didn't feel I had any talent.

So...I received a BSN degree and began my nursing career. 
I thoroughly enjoyed working as a nurse manager on Alzheimer units for over 20 years. 
When I retired, my husband bought me a digital camera and
I discovered my hidden talent.
 Photography and Digital Art have since become my passion.
I've always been especially inspired by color, texture, and shapes.
I love the textures and shapes of buildings, especially old homes and barns and enjoy driving around the area to photograph them.
I especially enjoy taking photographs of nature–especially flowers. I started by taking my camera with me to the botanic gardens and arboretum.
I began to branch out into other areas.  I started "tweaking" my photos by adding textures and using various tools and filters to give them a softer, more painterly, look.  These images I call artistic photography.

After awhile I found that by layering several of my photos and experimenting with various tools and filters, I could create entirely new images that bore no resemblance to the original photos. These images I call photographic art.
When  I discovered digital art, I began to create fun, joyful images directly from the computer.  My digital art frequently has a whimsical, childlike quality to it.  There is a loose, free feel to the images because I use my non-dominant hand when painting.
Next I discovered fractals and now use several programs on the computer to generate images that I can then manipulate and/or layer to create a unique image.      
My latest interest is taking unposed photographs of people as they go about their business. 
 I edit the photographs so they are not quite so recognizable by using several different image editors. 

I call this series "Glimpses of Ordinary Life".
It seems as though each day brings new ideas that I want to try out and new techniques to experiment with.  I'm a self-taught artist; constantly looking for new ways to express my creativity.  I've discovered through my photography that creating art brings me joy and I am truly blessed to be able to do wha I love.

I've had 3 solo shows at:
     *Ethical Humanist Society in Skokie, IL.
     *Palatine Library  in Palatine, IL.
     *Bartlett City Hall Gallery



  1. Thanks so much, Teresa, for the lovely post. I'm thrilled to be added to your list of "late bloomers."

  2. Many thanks for this wonderful post with magnificent and very beautiful pictures.

  3. If this creative process brings you pleasure, then you have found your hobby which should be developed constantly and thereby become a professional in this business.