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In the artist's own words: Kathryn O’Kell

Published on 6/07/2016

  • In the artist's own words: Kathryn O’Kell
Kathryn O'Kell's studio — work in progress


WHY BIRDS? A couple of years ago I took part in an exhibition in a small gallery in France, the premise of which was early inspirational objects.



Wren  KATHRYN O'KELL  carved and painted lime


After wandering around the house for some time, I decided upon a small porcelain figurine of a yellow wagtail, a gift from my parents when I was about 10. It occurred to me that this little chap had followed me around the country, from student digs, to first home, to second home, to current home. Despite its delicacy it has remained undamaged, testament to the careful packing on each move.


Summer Dunlin by Kathryn O'Kell
Summer Dunlin  KATHRYN O'KELL.  carved and painted lime


It reminds me that I've always loved watching birds. Their shape, colour, character, movement — it's all fascinated me with a constancy which has crept up on me. It's a lovely thought that these simple delights can inform what I do every day.


House Martin

House Martin  KATHRYN O'KELL  carved and painted lime


Because birds are everywhere, I'm always working and it's always a pleasure. Sparrows tumbling across my garden, swifts squeal in summer and I will step out of my shed to watch them arc overhead. Long tail tits scamper in the plum tree just outside my window.

It's this fascination which keeps me coming back to birds, again and again.


Kathryn O'Kell's studio

Kathryn O'Kell's studio — work in progress




We have exhibited Kathryn O’Kell’s carved and painted bird panels for many years and we have a beautiful collection in our Summer Exhibition.

Read more about Kathryn and view her work on Kathryn O’Kell’s page.


Guest blog by Kathryn O’Kell



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