Katherine McCarty

Katherine McCarty is a native of Charlotte, NC. She graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC with a B.A. in Sociology. Then she completed her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University in Atlanta. A course in Art Therapy convinced her to pursue art as her own therapy and became her focus in graduate school. Subsequently, Katherine completed the foundation courses in 2-D art at Georgia State. Not long after, she attended a printmaking class at Penland School of Crafts. Longing to return to the North Carolina mountains, she enrolled in the 8-week concentration in clay at Penland in 2000. Currently, Katherine resides in Spruce Pine – Mitchell County, NC near the Blue Ridge Parkway. She has a home studio and a private counseling practice.

Katherine has taken ongoing community classes and workshops in clay, printmaking, oil painting, and cold wax/oils. Drawing inspiration from the many beautiful mountain vistas, she enjoys plein air painting and photography. These are used as reference material for larger canvases. Her instructors have included: Ellen White, Sally Hughes Smith, John MacDonald, Scott Boyle, Andy Braitman, and Cindy Walton (cold wax). More recently, she has taken ongoing classes in advanced studio painting with Curt Butler and Anne Harkness at Butler Studios in Gastonia, NC.

Katherine is a member of Toe River Arts Council, Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild (BRAG), NC Plein Air Painters, and Toe River Valley Plein Air Painters.

“The challenge and satisfaction of seeing a painting evolve under excellent class instruction has been very exciting, informative, and rewarding. The process of applying paint to canvas brings immense pleasure and opens the door to the mystery and the adventure of intuitive expression which the conventional spoken language cannot touch. Art as therapy is transformative, for what one puts on paper (or canvas and clay) becomes a type of self-portrait. The act of making art brings inner balance and harmony. My desire is to reflect the serenity and beauty of this area and to create artwork that bring comfort and healing.”